Daily Archives: March 12, 2021

Air pollution dropped significantly during the pandemic

CBC News: The National

Published on Mar 12, 2021

Air pollution dropped significantly during the pandemic, and health experts hope that could lead to changes that could save lives.

The future of online learning post-pandemic

CBC News: The National

Published on Mar 12, 2021

In life after lockdown, does the future of education include online learning in some form?

Climate Security Risks in the Arctic


Published on Mar 12, 2021

Climate change is rapidly changing the Arctic at the same time that security tensions are heightened across the region. How will future climate impacts affect the security environment, operations, and infrastructure of the region? How do Arctic nations understand the changing risk landscape? How can Arctic nations move forward on a “low tension, high effort” agenda in the cli

U.S. & Other Wealthy Nations Block Effort to Waive Vaccine Patent Rights in Blow to Global South

Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 11, 2021

The United States and other wealthy members of the World Trade Organization have blocked a push by dozens of developing countries to waive patent rights in an effort to boost production of COVID-19 vaccines for poor nations. The proposal by South Africa and India was supported by hundreds of civil society organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam and Amnesty International. Without the waiver, vaccine production will remain in the hands of only a few pharmaceutical companies. “Millions of us are basically going to have to wait for a vaccine, putting global immunity, as well as regional immunity, particularly in Africa, at severe risk,” says South African activist Fatima Hassan, founder and director of Health Justice Initiative. We also speak with Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa. He says one of the barriers to spreading vaccine production to other parts of the world has to do with perceptions of scientific expertise. “The entire world — not just the West — is incredulous at the idea that you could have useful science in this pandemic come out of places not in the West,” says Prabhala.

Share the Vaccines, Erase the Debt: Joseph Stiglitz on How the U.S. Can Help Developing Countries

Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 12, 2021

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says wealthy countries have a responsibility to help the developing world in overcoming the pandemic. He says the response must include vaccine equity as well as economic aid, including debt relief. “America won’t be free from the pandemic until the world is,” says Stiglitz

The “Green Revolution,” AGRA & the African Agricultural Narrative



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The “Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa” (AGRA) has promoted petro-dependent agriculture in Africa though the use of high-response varieties of seeds and and the distribution of government-subsidized artificial fertilizers . It is failing to achieve the goals it set for itself and announced to the world, and in the process degrading the sustainable productivity of African agricultural systems

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