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New wave of 'hacktivism' adds twist to cybersecurity woes

  At a time when U.S. agencies and thousands of companies are fighting off major hacking campaigns originating in Russia and China, a different kind of cyber threat is re-emerging: activist hackers looking to make a political point. Three major hacks show the power of this...

Companies need to prepare for more political disturbances and violence ahead: Allianz

  NEW YORK/SINGAPORE: Anti-lockdown demonstrations in Germany, "Black Lives Matter" protests in the US or arson attacks on cell phone towers in the UK: Damages, disturbances and, ultimately, losses from riots, protests, vandalism or other forms of civil unrest are now among the main political risk...

Panic to paranoia: One year on, mental health crisis still unfolding across India

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Mar 24, 2021

  One year ago, Indians locked down in their homes as COVID-19 tightened its grip over the country. When they emerged months later, tentative and timorous, the world many knew had changed, perhaps forever, leaving them grappling with a spectrum of mental health issues ranging from...

Phasing out coal for power holds key to India's net-zero goal by 2050

  Rajesh Kumar Singh & Debjit Chakraborty India must phase out its coal-fired power plants by the middle of this century to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by that time, according to a new report on the challenges that’ll be posed in setting more ambitious climate...

Women ‘systematically excluded’ from COVID response, despite being worst affected

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       Mar 23, 2021

  Women have suffered the worst impacts of COVID not only on the frontlines of healthcare but also through the loss of jobs as the informal economy shrinks; an alarming spike in domestic violence; and the unpaid care burden that threatens to push 47 million additional...

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan,Chief Scientist, World Health Organization

Prepare for the next pandemic, says WHO scientist

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Mar 21, 2021

  During the early ‘90s, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan successfully raised funds to get antiretroviral drugs to those affected by the HIV epidemic. Many of the children of those patients are still alive today thanks to her work. As part of the podcast series, Awake At Night,...

Christian Mumenthaler,Group Chief Executive Officer,Swiss Re

Swiss Re announces ambitious climate targets; accelerates race to net zero

  Zurich: Swiss Re today announced new measures to support the transition to a net-zero economy, encompassing both asset management and underwriting as well as its own operations. Swiss Re’s Group Chief Executive Officer Christian Mumenthaler said: “Climate change remains the biggest challenge we face as...

10 Years After Nuclear Disaster, How Dangerous Is the Fukushima Plant?

  Mari Yamaguchi  A decade ago, a massive tsunami crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Three of its reactors melted down, leaving it looking like a bombed-out factory. Emergency workers risked their lives trying to keep one of history's worst nuclear crises from spiraling...

India uses digital banking and biometrics to organize its 1.3 billion population

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pension       Mar 13, 2021

  Aashish Chandorkar In the futurist law now named after him, the late Stanford University computer scientist Roy Amara once declared, “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” India’s public digital infrastructure...