News Rounds: British PM says ‘responsible capitalism’ needed to fight poverty, lack of clean water & toilets costs the world $260 billion and Delhi’s air pollution beats Beijing |
British PM David Cameron says ‘responsible capitalism’ needed to defeat global poverty (Guardian) — David Cameron, at a UN meeting to discuss the future of fighting extreme poverty worldwide, says we need more responsible capitalism and greater tax transparency. On a similar note, see this somewhat surprising post at the Gates Foundation blog saying tax cheats fuel poverty.
Lack of toilets, clean water costs world $260 billion annually (Reuters) – Poor access to sanitation and clean water costs the global economy $260 billion each year, according to Liberia’s president who is leading work to craft proposals for a new set of global anti-poverty goals.
Air Pollution in New Delhi Was Much Worse Than Beijing Thursday (NYTimes) – Air pollution levels in New Delhi far exceeded those in Beijing recently, but without any government acknowledgement or action. It is not the first time pollution in India’s capital has outpaced that in China.
Massive flooding kills and creates crisis in Mozambique (VOA) — Floods in Mozambique have killed dozens of people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
Congo considers cholera vaccination (IRIN) – Health experts are considering introducing immunization campaigns as a way of dealing with cholera in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the disease is endemic.
Op-Ed on Syria aid: Why more money isn’t necessarily good news (GlobalPost) — The more than $1.5 billion in aid, pledged this week by international donors, no doubt comes as a welcome development to the limping Syrian relief effort. But here’s a look at why it may not help as much as it should.
Mali: Malian Army, Islamist Groups Executed Prisoners (Human Rights Watch) – Malian government forces executed at least 13 suspected Islamist supporters and forcibly disappeared five others from the garrison town of Sévaré and in Konna during January 2013, Human Rights Watch says.