Op-Ed: Bill Foege on how to make Ebola worse

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Editor’s note: Dr. William Foege is the physician-epidemiologist credited with devising the strategy that rid the world of smallpox, former head of the CDC (when AIDS first emerged) and, full disclosure, is also a good friend to Humanosphere. We asked him to offer perspective on all…

Global hunger rates down, but 850 million still suffer

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Fewer people in the world suffer from hunger. That is the good news. The bad news is that some 850 million people wrangle with hunger and 2 billion suffer from what is considered hidden hunger. Those are the top-line findings from the 2014 Global Hunger Index,…

Oxfam tackles extreme inequality through taxes and the minimum wage

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The six years since the global economic crisis have seen people and countries struggle. Things are getting better and the world is recovering, but the wealthiest people in the world have done exceptionally well, says Oxfam. The rate of economic inequality is getting worse around the…

Visualizing maternal morbidity

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Editor’s note: Humanosphere’s regular global health visual-info specialist, Katie Leach-Kemon, is taking some time off to celebrate the fact that she and husband Mark are new parents to a healthy baby boy. During her maternity leave, Katie’s colleagues at IHME will be contributing reports.  By Amy…

Interview: Why did an oil company launch a development initiative in Bangladesh?

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Oil and gas giant Chevron is trying to take its experiences in the private sector and apply them to international development. It has implemented programs in Angola, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and now Bangladesh. The company committed $10 million to its five-year Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI), in September.…

LEGO ditches Shell over oil drilling in Arctic

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The opening scenes of “The Lego Movie” introduces the audience to main character Emmet Brickowoski, an average construction worker who lives in a world where “everything is awesome.” The upbeat pop tune, sung by Tegan And Sara featuring the comedy trio The Lonely Island, sets the…

Hopes for new life dashed in America’s oil boom-town

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The American Dream is alive in North Dakota. The latest frontier in the great American oil scramble attracts people across the country and around the world with the hopes of striking it rich. Stories trickle back home of people making six-figure salaries for jobs involving physical…