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Catastrophes that could end the world

The eruption of Tambora 200 years ago was the largest volcanic blast of modern history, killing something like 100,000 people in what is today Indonesia, producing an ash cloud that covered a million... Read more about 'Catastrophes that could end the world'...

Aid reaches Nepal's hardest hit – but millions more wait for help

The scale of the humanitarian crisis engulfing eight million people in Nepal came starkly into view as the first food trucks rolled into one of the districts hardest hit by Saturday’s earthquake. On Tuesday,... Read more about 'Aid reaches Nepal's hardest hit – but millions more wait for help'...

Vatican and U.N. team up on climate change against sceptics

The Vatican and the United Nations teamed up to warn the world of the effects of climate change on Tuesday, coming down firmly against sceptics who deny human activities help change global weather... Read more about 'Vatican and U.N. team up on climate change against sceptics'...

The relationship between depression and poverty

The world’s poor, whether they live in dangerous urban slums or in the remote countryside, are often in dire need of food, clean water, and basic medications. So it might appear misguided to... Read more about 'The relationship between depression and poverty'...

Death, taxes, and tobacco

In an accompanying blog post to this one, I highlight the latest evidence on the development challenge that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) pose for low- and middle-income countries. In this post, I’ll discuss the latest... Read more about 'Death, taxes, and tobacco'...

Call for moratorium on sending asylum seekers offshore

We, the undersigned, call for an immediate moratorium on the transfer of asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island until the safety and security of vulnerable asylum seekers can be guaranteed. The recent Immigration... Read more about 'Call for moratorium on sending asylum seekers offshore'...

Unlocking resources for a world free from extreme poverty

We’re currently in the middle of an exciting fortnight at the UN. It admittedly might not look very exciting from the outside. But in the depths of the UN buildings in New... Read more about 'Unlocking resources for a world free from extreme poverty'...

Time to talk climate at the UNSC

In July, New Zealand will become chair of the UN Security Council. We’re calling on Prime Minister John Key & Minister Murray McCully to put climate change on the agenda: Sign the petition... Read more about 'Time to talk climate at the UNSC'...

Is it make-or-break time for gender equality?

The Commission on the Status of Women is over for another year and feminists are demanding stronger political commitment. “The year 2015 is the start of a make-or-break period for gender equality and women’s... Read more about 'Is it make-or-break time for gender equality?'...

Join the dots between Gallipoli and the Armenian genocide

This week marks the centenary not only of the Gallipoli campaign, but – today – of the Armenian genocide. The destruction of the Armenians coincided with the planned Allied attack against the Ottoman... Read more about 'Join the dots between Gallipoli and the Armenian genocide'...

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