Has the growing reliance on private military and security companies been a good thing? Not according to James Pattison whose research finds that there are deep, fundamental problems with the privatisation of military force that can’t be addressed by regulation.
The World Health Organization today reported that the spread of Ebola in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the virus, may be slowing, as demonstrated by the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates and a plateau in lab-reported new cases. However, WHO Assistant Director-General cautioned that the situation is still very dangerous.
Though we’ve already transgressed at least three planetary boundaries (on climate change, nitrogen use and biodiversity loss), and over one billion people still lack the means to meet their most essential needs, we can still get into the ‘doughnut’: the safe and just spot between social and planetary boundaries.
Biofuels can be controversial because they are often produced from food crops or grown on farmland. But common seaweed, found in abundance around coastlines and clogging up beaches, is being transformed by scientists into a valuable raw material.
As some recovered towns in Spain show, small communities of committed people can turn abandonment into vitality, ruins into homes and inactivity into shared wealth.
Urban planners can help heal the emotional disconnect between city dwellers and their surroundings, which would aid cities in attaining sustainability goals, say experts.
This year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, commemorated during the current Ebola crisis, underscores the urgency of understanding what makes a pro-poor health policy successful and how to measure changes along the way.
Global health governance has become a hot topic in academia and politics, yet inadequate attention is being paid to regional level health response. Failure to address this gap will lead to uncoordinated responses to critical threats like Ebola. Developing results-oriented activities between WHO and regional organizations could go a long way toward fixing this, propose UNU researchers.
Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced yesterday by government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending the Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Multinational oil and gas companies, major producing States and over two dozen cities today joined forces to slash methane emissions with a plan meant to quickly begin reducing global warming.
Increasing seasonal heat can push workers past their physiological limits, threatening occupational health and local economies. This fact should be included in the economic analysis of climate change costs, explains Tord Kjellstrom of the UNU International Institute for Global Health.
A sacred World Heritage tomb in Russia’s Altai mountains is tied to the fate of the local people.