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A reader responds: Why Humanosphere’s hibernation matters

On 1st July, Humanosphere is taking a break – possibly never to return. Since 2010, they have been reporting daily on global health, aid and development issues for both mainstream and ‘insider’ audiences. Humanosphere’s hibernation matters because they are one of a desperately small number of news organizations regularly producing original, informed coverage of these important international topics.

World Politics
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Nikki Haley claims credit for already planned cuts to U.N. peacekeeping budget

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley declared victory after member nations agreed to a $600 million cut from the annual peacekeeping budget. Neglected in her Twitter declaration is that the cuts had already been planned, prior to Trump’s election. The UN peacekeeping budget declined from $7.87 billion to $7.3 billion with the U.S. contributing a smaller percentage as compared to last year.

Environment
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Study: Climate change will perpetuate U.S. inequality

Unmitigated climate change will make much of the United States poorer and generally exacerbate rising wealth inequalities, according to a new study. For every one degree Celsius rise in global temperatures, the study projects that the country will lose about 1.2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product. The economic impact of climate change will not be uniform, say the researchers in this week’s Science magazine, with a few regions possibly experiencing gains.

World Politics
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World Bank launches insurance scheme to fund pandemic responses

The World Bank has launched a global insurance fund aimed aimed at speeding up the international community’s response to pandemic disease outbreaks. The impetus for the innovative financial scheme was the 2013-2016 West Ebola outbreak that, due in part to the global community’s slow response, killed more than 11,000 people and ended up costing more than $10 billion to put down.

Basics
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Cashless economy not happening in India yet but the groundwork is laid

Nearly eight months after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked the economy by banning 86 percent of the country’s currency, business has more or less returned to usual. On the one hand, that’s a testament to the Indian economy’s resilience. On the other, it also means that Modi’s hopes of creating a cashless economy will not be immediately realized.

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Protecting animals in disasters helps protect lifelines for rural families

Protecting livestock can greatly improve rural communities’ ability to recover after a major disaster, relief organizations have found. “Without animals, families lose one of their main sources of income and are often left with no way to rebuild their lives,” said a veterinarian who works on such disaster prevention and recover efforts.

World Politics
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Highest inequality in decades underpins Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong will soon mark 20 years since Britain returned the former colony to China and Chinese state media is touting the milestone by promoting the city’s greater prosperity under its “one country, two systems” strategy. But few Hong Kongers are feeling very prosperous or celebratory given that recent data has revealed the wealth gap is now the widest it’s been since the city began tracking income equality 46 years ago.

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