Deteriorating air quality, heat waves and drought have driven down poorer South Asian cities in a ranking of the world's most liveable cities. Meanwhile, Sydney has risen up the ranks but Singapore and Hong Kong have fallen.
Carl Manlan and Philippe Douste-Blazy –
People are the world’s most important resource, yet stunting in children limits human capabilities and reduces current investment in the future. Fortunately, the rapid growth of digital technologies means that millions of small individual financial donations can help to end this scourge.
Karin Nansen –
By distracting from real imperatives, unfeasible solutions to climate change, such as geoengineering, allow the climate crisis to continue to escalate, disproportionately affecting those who have contributed the least to the problem. The truth is that no technological silver bullet can save us from ourselves.
Frank Götmark and Robin Maynard –
The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals imply that there is no longer any need to reduce global population growth, even though it is a serious problem that undermines most of the SDG targets. By adding a further SDG aimed at slowing the increase in population, the world could yet save the UN’s 2030 Agenda.
While the wealthy can pay to escape rising heat, conflict and hunger, the rest of the world will suffer. Given the failure of states to meet their own climate obligations, businesses need to be more responsible and step up efforts to alleviate the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable.
A promising new study indicates that, with the right approach, anemia can be significantly reduced in as little as ten months. Given the prevalence and far-reaching consequences of this deadly nutritional disorder—which disproportionately affects women of child-bearing age in developing countries—implementation cannot come too soon.
Kartik Chandramouli, Mongabay.com –
With a vision to end the drudgery of manual rickshaw pulling, social enterprise SMV Green is also helping restore clean air in one of India's most polluted cities through electric rickshaws.