Wednesday, September 2, 2015
  1. Who Will Suffer Most from Climate Change?

    Bill Gates

    Who Will Suffer Most from Climate Change?


     proposes adaptation measures for those who will suffer most from hotter temperatures.

    rural road Ian Cumming/ZumaPress

    For the world’s poorest farmers, life is a high-wire act: Just one stroke of bad fortune – a drought, a flood, or an illness – is enough for them to tumble deeper into poverty and hunger. And now climate change is set to add a fresh layer of risk to their lives, highlighting the need for effective adaptation measures. READ MORE

  2. Taking the Offensive Against Tuberculosis

    Gunilla Källenius

    Taking the Offensive Against Tuberculosis


     warns that eradication will be impossible without new diagnostic tools, vaccines, and treatments.

    sputum collection bottles Yawar Nazir/ZumaPress

    The world has a narrow window of opportunity to eradicate tuberculosis by quickly developing and disseminating new tools, including rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests, safe and fast-acting drugs, and an effective vaccine. But a dearth of donors, especially in the private sector, means that we may miss it. READ MORE

  3. The UN at 70

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    The UN at 70


     outlines three reforms needed to enable the institution to meet twenty-first-century challenges.

    UN Flag UN Photo/Flickr

    Next month's meeting of world leaders at the United Nations' headquarters in New York will mark the organization's 70th anniversary. But, though the UN remains the best bargain on the planet, it must be upgraded in three key ways if it is to continue to play its unique and vital global role. READ MORE

  4. How Safe Substances Become Dangerous

    Henry I. Miller

    How Safe Substances Become Dangerous


     criticizes a recent decision by a WHO agency to label a common herbicide as carcinogenic.

    Farmer weed crop International Institute of Tropical Agriculture/Flickr

    The recent decision by the IARC to label the commonly used herbicide 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic to humans" is based on a mistaken application of toxicology. If substances like 2,4-D are made unavailable, American farmers will be forced to resort to other methods to control weeds – none of them as safe or efficient. READ MORE

  5. The Dangers of the Milk-Sharing Economy

    Sarah A. Keim

    The Dangers of the Milk-Sharing Economy


     worries that a single-minded focus on breastfeeding is fueling risky behavior.

    Baby with bottle ohocheese/Flickr

    Whether to ensure an infant’s survival following the death or illness of its mother, or as part of a wet-nursing arrangement, sharing breast milk has long been acceptable, if not lifesaving. But, over the last 5-10 years, a new kind of milk-sharing economy has emerged – one that magnifies certain risks to recipient infants. READ MORE

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