The Rehash

A global research panel released a report this week blaming the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments worldwide for serious failures in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, while also reviving disputed and controversial claims about the origins of the virus, the Washington Post reported. The Lancet Covid-19...

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Wild Waters

United Nations member countries failed to reach a global agreement to protect the world’s oceans and marine life in what would have been a landmark deal to address growing environmental and economic challenges, Agence France-Presse reported. Since Aug. 15, nations have been negotiating a legally binding...

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Suffer the Monkeys

What’s in a name, Shakespeare once wrote. Well for monkeys these days, everything. Since May, monkeypox has been spreading exponentially around the globe, with countries that have never seen a case now reporting surges. Unfortunately, fatigue and anger stemming from the Covid pandemic, along with fear,...

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Raising the Alarm

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern Saturday, as cases of the virus increase worldwide and countries scramble to secure enough vaccines, Politico reported. WHO has recorded more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox in dozens of countries since May. Monkeypox is...

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Disrupting the Disruptors

American ride-sharing giant Uber used unethical practices, including hindering authorities and circumventing regulations, to expand its operations in cities around the world, according to a new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists based on 124,000 leaked documents, including texts, emails and memos. The leaked...

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Plan B

Leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest democracies proposed a $600 billion global infrastructure plan to counter China’s ambitious “Belt and Road Initiative,” Politico reported. The Group of Seven countries unveiled the initiative during a summit in the German Alps this week as they discussed issues that...

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Slow and Steady

The World Health Organization backed away from declaring monkeypox a global emergency, even as more than 3,000 cases of the virus have been detected in 50 countries since early May, the Washington Post reported. The WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee opted to describe the pathogen...

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The War on Grain

India and other nations are banning exports of wheat as the price of the vital commodity skyrockets due to supply chain shocks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “As the war continues, there is a growing likelihood that food shortages, particularly of grains and vegetable oils, will...

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The Forever-war

Some Ukrainian women in Poland, refugees from their country’s war against Russia, want to have abortions. But Poland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Poland’s rules fall short of the standards that...

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Bad Grades

Air pollution around the world spiked to unhealthy levels last year, according to a report that found that more than 90 percent of cities failed to meet the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines in 2021, CNN reported. The report released this week was compiled by...

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The Bells Toll

The world has a very short time to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a recent landmark United Nations report which shows a dire picture in describing how warming temperatures are affecting the planet, the Financial Times reported Monday. The document is part of the UN’s Intergovernmental...

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