Ilan Kelman –
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
Nadeem ul Haque –
Pakistan and its donors need to recognize that its long-running energy crisis can be resolved only through institutional reform, says Nadeem ul Haque, former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan.
Joydeep Gupta –
The China-Pakistan plan to build five dams in a row on the Indus will stop the flow of silt to rejuvenate farms downstream, and will reduce water flow in the nine dry months of the year, says The Third Pole South Asia director Joydeep Gupta.
With diseases such as meningitis and measles on the rise in the west, it has never been more important, or urgent, to redouble efforts to vaccinate children in South Asia against preventable illnesses, say pediatric health experts.
The approach western countries are taking towards delivering international aid aren't working, says Pakistani developent expert Nadeem ul Haque. Muslim religious leaders, or mullahs, may hold the key to a better approach.
Pakistan's people and environment will bear the cost of China's hypocritical overseas investments in coal. Pakistan should instead seek to develop its renewable energy capacity, writes King Abdulaziz University's Fahad Saeed.