Sanity is funny; bashing the bashers on fair trade; MDGs for the top billion; a moratorium on geo-engineering?; Africans’ views of China; new diseases and vaccines v clean water: links I liked
The best 50 placards from Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, to go along with the one I put up on Friday [h/t Alex Evans]
Update: OK, no-one like’s Vidal’s piece – anyone seen anything more rational on the IEA paper?
A de facto moratorium on geoengineering is adopted by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, according to Third World Network. Has anyone told the geo-engineers? Not if this week’s Economist is anything to go by.
Update: Fred Pearce in the New Scientist thinks its only a moratorium on projects that could affect biodiversity, and anyway, no-one has a clue how it would be implemented.
“Donors provided about $0.78/DALY (disability-adjusted life year) attributable to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries in 2007, compared to $23.9/DALY attributable to HIV, TB, and malaria.” A new CGD paper looks at the growing but largely ignored development issue of diseases linked to lifestyle – obesity, alcohol, tobacco, inactivity etc.
But vaccines aren’t always the best answer, especially when they’re the result of drug companies hustling the aid industry in search of easy profit – clean water can be a lot more effective (and cheaper) [h/t Catherine Matheson]
And here’s a couple more of those placards…….