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16 Jan2015

Better stoves can reduce indoor pollution

Published by China Daily

Air quality has improved dramatically in rich countries over the past century. Yet air pollution is still a huge problem, especially in the developing world. It kills about 7 million people each year, accounting for one out of every eight deaths globally. But the most deadly air pollution comes from inside people's houses, because 2.8 billion people still use firewood, dung and coal for cooking and keeping warm, breathing polluted air inside their homes every day.

16 Jan2015

Better stoves can reduce indoor pollution

Published by China Daily

Air quality has improved dramatically in rich countries over the past century. Yet air pollution is still a huge problem, especially in the developing world. It kills about 7 million people each year, accounting for one out of every eight deaths globally. But the most deadly air pollution comes from inside people's houses, because 2.8 billion people still use firewood, dung and coal for cooking and keeping warm, breathing polluted air inside their homes every day.

14 Jan2015

The Digital Road From Poverty

Published by Project Syndicate

COPENHAGEN – Where should the global community focus its attention over the next 15 years? Health, nutrition, and education may seem like obvious choices; more surprisingly, there is a strong case for making broadband access a top priority. Consider this simple fact: Tripling mobile Internet access over the next 15 years could make the developing world $22 trillion richer. Such improvement in the lives and earning potential of poor people could indirectly help with the other challenges; after all, more prosperous people tend to be healthier, better fed, and more highly educated. Read more at...

14 Jan2015

The Digital Road From Poverty

Published by Project Syndicate

What would happen if we brought broadband internet to 3 billion people in the developing world? Clearly, the rapid rollout of broadband services has transformed the lives of people in the industrialized world, and there is every reason to expect that developing countries could benefit at least as much. It would enable a host of new enterprises and all the spillovers that come with it - more jobs, greater efficiency, bigger markets for goods and services, and faster innovatio n. It would also assist in achieving better outcomes in education, health and poverty reduction. In short, it would...

2 Jan2015

Reliable and affordable energy : Make clean stoves, electricity part of the new promises

Published by The Economic Times

Reliable and affordable energy is vital for today's developing and emerging economies. Driven mostly by its fivefold increase in coal use, China's economy has grown 18-fold in the past 30 years and lifted 680 million people out of poverty. Worldwide, almost three billion people still don't have access to modern energy, instead they use firewood, dung and crop waste for cooking and heating indoors, which is so polluting, the World Health Organization estimates they kill one of every 13 people that die on the planet.

22 Dec2014

Measuring the Next Global Development Goals

Published by Project Syndicate

COPENHAGEN – At the start of the twenty-first century, the international community made some smart and simple promises with the so-called Millennium Development Goals. The world would halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger and living in extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, and dramatically reduce child mortality by 2015. There have been many successes, though not all of the MDGs’ targets will be achieved.

19 Dec2014

Smart Ways to Tackle Poverty

Published by Huffington Post

There's a large number of proposals on how to address poverty in the post-2015 development agenda -- from more social inclusion to full employment, more happiness, increased resilience and more. A new paper argues to continue focusing on reducing extreme poverty and drop the rest, as Lomborg writes for Huffington Post.

18 Dec2014

What next after the Millennium Development Goals?

Published by Daily News Egypt

If you could come up with goals for the world to aspire to over the next 15 years, what would they be? What should we focus on? - See more at: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/12/18/next-millennium-development-goals/#sthash.fBhpCHyM.dpuf

16 Dec2014

Why innovation is the best path to a climate solution

Published by The Globe and Mail

The UN Climate Summit in Lima achieved little, just like the previous meetings for more than 20 years. As the saying goes, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” For the past 20 years, the traditional climate approach has been clear and single-minded: we must subsidize the deployment of renewable sources of energy, such as wind turbines and solar cells to reduce our CO2 emissions – the so-called reduction pathway. Yet, today, after endless climate summits and good intentions, the world gets just 0.4 per cent of its energy from solar and wind...

12 Dec2014

Why contraception is needed to control population explosion

Published by The Economic Times

There was a time when we worried about a “population explosion,” with ever more people fighting over ever fewer resources. Yet, the population growth has decreased since the late 1960s and resources have not run out.

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