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Global emissions poised to spiral as coal makes a comeback

  • In 2021, the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose to their highest ever level of 36.3 billion tons, according to the International Energy Agency, citing the strong recovery in the global economy and the wider use of coal for power generation. Coal accounted for more than 40 pe...
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Go easy on the antibiotics to save lives

  • An alarming report published in The Lancet in January said that antimicrobial resistance was directly responsible for 1.27 million deaths and was linked to about 5 million other deaths worldwide in 2019. Antimicrobial resistance is when the bacteria that cause serious diseases, for instance tub...
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Gains in battle against child labor washed away by pandemic

  • In September 2015, world leaders met in New York under the aegis of the UN and set up the Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), identifying 17 broad and common objectives to achieve by the year 2030. These addressed a wide range of developmental challenges haunting humanity such as poverty, il...
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Time for governments to act on unhealthy food

  • The Financial Times last month published an internal document of the world’s largest food company, Nestle, in which the firm admitted that more than 60 percent of its product portfolio failed to meet a “recognized definition of health” and that some of its products could never be “healthy,” irr...
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Small nations offer vital lessons on handling the pandemic

  • One day, when the world has finally vanquished the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its various strains and researchers prepare a manual to deal with any future pandemic, they are almost certain to highlight three tiny nations: Israel, Singapore and Bhutan. All three have emerged relatively u...
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No room for complacency in fight against COVID-19

  • How quickly the tables turn. Last year, as Europe, the US and many other nations struggled with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian government stepped in and supplied two key drugs — hydroxychloroquine and remdesivir — used to treat those infected with the virus. By late Marc...
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India’s vaccine diplomacy sets pace for global community

  • Using a new EU rule, Italy this month prohibited Big Pharma firm AstraZeneca from shipping some of its coronavirus vaccine doses to Australia, as it feared that its own promised supplies would not be forthcoming. In the days before this move, the EU was engaged in a very vocal battle with the U...
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Germany and EU will badly miss Merkel’s leadership

  • Come September, the political landscape of Germany, as well as that of the EU, is at risk of being dominated by a huge vacuum. That is when Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down after 16 years of steering the German and European ships, often through troubled waters. Merkel is not just the hea...
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World must cooperate on vaccines if COVID-19 is to be defeated

  • With a 90-year-old British grandmother last week becoming the first person in the world to receive a jab of an approved vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the rollout of vaccines against the worst pandemic in more than a century has begun. In many ways, the rapidity with whic...
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Thai protesters face lengthy fight for change

  • Protesters call for the ouster of PM Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government and reforms in the monarchy, Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 20, 2020. (Reuters) While most protests in Thailand over the past two decades have been against the government, the student-led demonstrations that have been ...
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