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Luxury and Hunger: Two faces of an unequal Covid-19 pandemic in India

  Andy Mukherjee Mercedes-Benz AG recently introduced its Maybach sport utility vehicle in India--right in the middle of a fierce second wave of the pandemic. The 50 cars the German automaker wanted to sell by the end of 2021 were lapped up in a month. It...

Virus disaster leaves deep scars on India’s economy

  Aftab Ahmed Aditi Shah Nupur Anand Expectations for India’s economic growth are being revised sharply lower as a surge in people losing their jobs and defaulting on debt suggest a more halting recovery from the financial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. Economists are downgrading their...

Economy:Emerging Bangladesh

Eco/Invest/Demography       Jun 01, 2021

  Mihir S Sharma: Half a century ago, in March 1971, Bangladesh’s founders declared their independence from richer and more powerful Pakistan. The country was born amid famine and war; millions fled to India or were killed by Pakistani soldiers. To the Pakistani military’s American backers,...

Digital divide: How to unmute climate voices in poorer nations

  Sonia Elks Zambian climate campaigner Precious Kalombwana was thrilled to take part in an online training workshop with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. But when she wanted to speak, a shaky internet connection meant no one could hear her. Pandemic moves to virtual events...

Drones for Health

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       May 31, 2021

  For women in Botswana, especially those living in remote communities where medical supplies and blood may not be in stock, giving birth can be life-threatening. In 2019, the country recorded a maternal mortality rate of 166 deaths per 100,000 births, more than double the average...

Climate change: six priorities for pulling carbon out of the air

  Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Oxford and Steve Smith, Executive Director, Oxford Net Zero, University of Oxford To reach net zero emissions by 2050, global emissions must be cut faster and deeper than the world has yet managed. But even then, some...

'They hit you hard': How DarkSide became powerhouse of ransomware attacks

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life       May 30, 2021

  Andrew E. Kramer Michael Schwirtz & Anton Troianovski  Just weeks before the ransomware gang known as DarkSide attacked the owner of a major American pipeline, disrupting gasoline and jet fuel deliveries up and down the East Coast of the United States, the group was turning...

World now likely to hit watershed 1.5 °C rise in next five years, warns UN weather agency

  The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said there was a 40% chance of the watershed global warming mark being met during the time frame, and these odds are increasing with time. The 1.5°C marks were established as the desirable target for all the countries of the...

Countries eager to reopen to travel as pandemic recedes

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life       May 26, 2021

Countries reliant on tourism are racing to reopen borders and revive economies decimated by the pandemic. The World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that the sector lost nearly USD 4.5 trillion and 62 million jobs last year. Airlines alone lost USD 126 billion last year...