Some 822 million people worldwide suffer from hunger, and climate change is driving rising food insecurity in countries struck by worsening patterns of drought, flooding and other extreme weather that reduces  crop yields and livestock production among for the rural poor, as well as causing food price spikes for urban populations, according to the 2018 […] Continue reading ->
The tobacco industry strongly influences policy-making in Japan, Jordan, Egypt and Bangladesh. Conversely, the United Kingdom, Uganda, and Iran emerge as countries with the least industry meddling, according to a first-ever report to systematically assess levels of industry influence in countries, by the watchdog group STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products). “This report shows that […] Continue reading ->
As delegates gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) last week, tobacco companies were lurking on the margins to cultivate influence and undermine policies that would accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals. More than 140 health organizations from over 40 countries have joined me in calling on delegates to reject invitations to meet […] Continue reading ->
Greta Thunberg, young climate activist, visits the “Pollution Pods” with Dr. Maria Neira, director of Public Health at the WHO. The “Pollution Pods” allows visitors to experience simulated air pollution levels in different cities around the world, bringing attention to the connection between climate change, air pollution, and respiratory health.   Continue reading ->
NEW YORK CITY – Globally, governments are spending nearly $US 300 billion in price supports and other pre-tax subsidies for fossil fuels – which are costing national governments a whopping $US 2.7 trillion in health costs from air pollution-related mortality, disease and lost productivity—not to mention fueling climate change. As just one stunning example of […] Continue reading ->
NEW YORK CITY – Monday’s long-awaited United Nations Climate Summit produced no dramatic surprises, but a long list of modest commitments offered a glimmer of a way forward. Government leaders, CEOs, and heads of major philanthropies announced a string of new initiatives to clean up the air, restore oceans, advance more sustainable food systems, phase […] Continue reading ->