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12 Nov2018

Renunciar a comer carne

Published by Perfil

Dejar de comer carne es ahora el último consejo para salvar el planeta. Un “nuevo e importante estudio” sugiere que una “gran reducción en el consumo de carne” es “esencial” para evitar la degradación del clima”, como lo expresa The Guardian. Esto es consecuencia de las afirmaciones de la Humane Society de que “su dieta podría salvar el planeta” y de la propuesta del Partido Verde alemán de un día nacional vegetariano semanal. Incluso el ex alto funcionario de la ONU sobre el clima cree que “la mejor solución sería que todos nos volviéramos (Fuente El periodismo profesional...

1 Nov2018

Four crucial policy interventions to help Bangladesh grow

Published by Daily Star

With input from more than 400 experts from government, international organisations, scholars, and intellectuals, the Bangladesh Priorities project helped identify 76 investments that would help achieve the nation's goals under the 7th Five Year Plan. The wide-ranging work on prioritising public investment in Bangladesh ahead of the 7th Five Year Plan and the benefit-cost research findings were published in The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, as well as the London-based Economist. These were widely acclaimed by economists in the country, highly appreciated by the government, and contributed...

22 Oct2018

No, giving up burgers won’t actually save the planet

Published by New York Post

Abandoning meat is now the latest advice for saving the planet: A “major new study” suggests that a “huge reduction in meat-eating” is “ ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown,” as The Guardian puts it. This follows claims from the Humane Society that “your diet could save the planet” and the German Green Party’s proposal for a national weekly vegetarian day. Even the UN’s former top climate official believes “the best solution would be for us all to become vegetarians.” The science clearly shows that meat production — especially beef — emits methane and requires CO2-heavy inputs. But when we...

17 Oct2018

Adolescent mental health: pay attention

Published by Deccan Herald

Some 15 crore people in India are in need of mental health interventions and care, yet mental health is seldom part of the conversation on public priorities. Early intervention is particularly important: globally 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental health disorders, and three-quarters of all mental illnesses emerge by the mid-20s. Whilst the importance of physical health of adolescents, especially adolescent girls, has been gaining ground in recent years, mental health remains a neglected and often taboo area. Now, a research paper, containing the first-ever attempt to...

17 Oct2018

The “No-Growth” Prescription for Misery

Published by Project Syndicate

From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels. Their efforts herald a return to an earlier, thoroughly debunked form of alarmist environmentalism that is detached from reality and disdainful of billions of the world’s people. The campaigners claim we must stop economic growth because the planet is crossing environmental boundaries, and inequality between humans is increasing.

15 Oct2018

¿Son los hijos los causantes del calentamiento global?

Published by El Tiempo

En todas las culturas, criar un hijo se considera una de las acciones más gratificantes para una persona. Sin embargo, un coro de activistas, científicos y periodistas sugiere que todos deberían pensar dos veces antes de procrear. ‘The Guardian’ aconseja a sus lectores: “¿Quiere usted luchar contra el cambio climático? Tenga menos hijos”. Y ‘The New York Times’ advierte que tener un hijo es la peor acción ambiental que cualquier persona podría llevar a cabo. Asegura que una hipotética mujer estadounidense que tras tener un hijo comienza a usar un automóvil eficiente en combustible, conduce...

14 Oct2018

Fight Tuberculosis Not Climate Change To Save Lives

Published by The Australian

Global leaders recently swept into New York for the United Nations General Assembly, trailed by thousands of media, activists and protestors. During the high-level get-together, two very different meetings held at the exactly same time revealed much about their priorities—and their flawed approach to the planet’s biggest problems. At a glittering gala event, the heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Google, and the world's largest asset manager BlackRock joined leaders from Denmark, France, New Zealand and beyond to pledge support for the acceleration of the implementation of...

14 Oct2018

Os custos globais da violência doméstica

Published by Jornal de Negocios

custo da violência doméstica chega a uns impressionantes 5,2% do PIB mundial todos os anos. Ainda assim, a quantidade de investigação e financiamento destinados a resolver o problema é pequena se comparada com o que é gasto na busca da paz internacional.

10 Oct2018

Don't panic over U.N. climate change report

Published by USA Today

The new United Nations report is being talked about as though it portends the end of the world: To avoid catastrophe, we must instantly transform the entire economy no matter the costs. This is unjustified. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its latest major global analysis, estimated that the total impact of unmitigated climate change from extreme weather, changes in agriculture, rising sea levels and so on would be equivalent to reducing the average person’s income by between 0.2 and 2 percent in the 2070s.

10 Oct2018

U.N. Ignores Economics Of Climate

Published by Wall Street Journal

The global economy must be transformed immediately to avoid catastrophic climate damage, a new United Nations report declares. Climate economist William Nordhaus has been made a Nobel laureate. The events are being reported as two parts of the same story, but they reveal the contradictions inherent in climate policy—and why economics matters more than ever. Limiting temperatures to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels, as the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges, is economically and practically impossible—as Mr. Nordhaus’s work shows. The IPCC report...