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The plastic pandemic

If plastic use were a country, it would be the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, just after China, the US, India and Russia. Plastic has become…

Austerity and the threat of another pandemic

‘During the peak of the Omicron wave in January 2022, US congressional leaders across the political spectrum were frustrated by the need to transform the country’s pandemic response. “We can…

The forgotten deadly pandemic

Tuberculosis (TB) has been claiming human lives throughout history, starting with records of human deaths dating back to over 9,000 years ago. As its killing spree peaked in most of…

The silent pandemic

Although it is difficult to believe, in a country where around 50 percent of children are stunted or unable to reach the expected height for the age, obesity is also…

Preparing for pandemics

Delegations from the world’s 20 largest economies convened in the Special Region of Yogyakarta to discuss how we can better prevent, prepare for, and respond to future pandemics. I am…