Peter Howley, University of Leeds For decades now, GDP has been the standard measure of a nation’s well-being. But it is becoming clear that an economic boost may not be accompanied by a rise in individual happiness. While there are many reasons for this, one important factor is that as nations...
John J Reilly, University of Strathclyde ; Anthony (Tony) Okely, University of Wollongong; Catherine Draper, University of the Witwatersrand, and Mark S. Tremblay, University of Ottawa There is increasing concern about the amount of time children and adolescents are spending in recreational screen time. There’s also increasing controversy over whether...
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for $3.9 billion to the international community to help tens of millions of children living through conflict, disaster and other emergencies in dozens of countries. “There’s never been as much conflict in the world in the past 30 years as this year, so...
David W Graham, Newcastle University Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is spreading rapidly worldwide and has even been called a global threat to humans as serious as climate change. Excessive and imprudent use of antibiotics is usually blamed, but the rate and extent of the spread can’t be explained by overuse...
By Emiliano Rodríguez Mega A dramatic spike in the global adoption of environmental laws has failed to translate into better conservation efforts, according to a United Nations report, the first global evaluation of such laws. The document — which assessed national laws, regulations, and policies around the world — found that...
Currently, 56 million people are in need of urgent food and livelihood assistance across the eight major regions that are under war, where conflict-driven hunger is getting worse, says a new report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The countries are Afghanistan,...
The global funding for research on diseases that predominantly affect people living in poverty has reached the highest ever figure in 2017, a new report shows. According to a report released on 23 January by Policy Cures Research, a global health think tank in Sydney, Australia, the funding reached $3.56...
While about 4 billion people -- half the world population -- lack access to the internet, innovative strategies are required to give them access to the digital economy, which soon will account for a quarter of the world’s GDP, says a new report. The World Bank report, “Innovative Business Models...
Calling for more international cooperation in solving pressing problems of the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that although world’s problems are “more and more integrated”, the response to them is increasingly “fragmented” and “dysfunctional”. Speaking to the gathering of the global elite at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in...
Some 60 million people affected by extreme weather in 2018, with earthquakes and tsunamis, claimed more lives than any other type of hazard, says a new study by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). Climate-related disasters such as floods, droughts, storms and wildfires affected more than 57...

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