Sri Lanka Died in a Western Debt Trap, and Others Will Follow

Western debt killed Sri Lanka. Others will fall too.

#credit-and-debt, #food-insecurity, #international-monetary-fund, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #sri-lanka, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #wickremesinghe-ranil

Our Leaderless Free World

Biden seems to be mastering the trick of turning lemonade into lemons.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #inflation-economics, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Congo to Auction Off Oil and Gas Blocks In a Step Back for Climate Change

Peatlands and rainforests in the Congo Basin protect the planet by storing carbon. Now, in a giant leap backward for the climate, they’re being auctioned off for drilling.

#auctions, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #greenpeace, #international-relations, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #university-of-leicester, #virunga-national-park-congo-democratic-republic-of

How Demand for Twigs Is Bringing Down a Rainforest

In the Congo River Basin, people who collect bundles of wood to make charcoal are playing a surprisingly large role in the deforestation of a region that rivals the Amazon in importance.

#africa, #charcoal, #congo-river, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #wood-and-wood-products

On Inflation and the Food Crisis, the World Can Work Together or Fall Apart

No single country can solve the problem of rising food and fuel costs.

#africa, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-sea, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-reserve-system, #food, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #grain, #guterres-antonio, #inflation-economics, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #middle-east, #odessa-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #ports, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #ukraine, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #wheat

Global Growth Will Be Choked Amid Inflation and War, Says World Bank

Global economic growth will be choked as war, inflation and ongoing supply chain problems take a toll.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #malpass-david, #recession-and-depression, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #supply-chain, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #world-bank

Poor Countries Face a Mounting Catastrophe Fueled by Inflation and Debt

Russia’s war in Ukraine is combining with a global tightening of credit and an economic slowdown in China to sow misery in low- and middle-income countries.

#africa, #brazil, #bursa-turkey, #cameroon, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #international-monetary-fund, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sudan, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #yemen

Why Did a U.N. Agency Give a Family $61 Million?

A little-known United Nations agency decided to make an impact by doling out loans and grant money — all to a single family. It did not go well.

#guterres-antonio, #oceans-and-seas, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #zampolli-paolo

Governments Tighten Grip on Global Food Stocks, Sending Prices Higher

Dozens of countries have thrown up trade barriers in the past two months to protect scarce supplies of food and commodities, but experts say the policies will only exacerbate a global food crisis.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food-insecurity, #international-trade-and-world-market, #okonjo-iweala-ngozi, #protectionism-trade, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat

America’s Inflation Solution Could Become the World’s Problem

Why raising interest rates here could lead to a lot of misery elsewhere.

#credit-and-debt, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #international-trade-and-world-market, #recession-and-depression, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #world-war-i-1914-18

The Drive to Vaccinate the World Against Covid Is Losing Steam

Rates are stalling in most low-income countries well short of the W.H.O.’s goal to immunize 70 percent of people in every nation. Some public health experts believe the momentum is gone forever.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Door-to-Door Effort to Find Out Who Died Helps Low-Income Countries Aid the Living

Many developing countries don’t keep official death records. A novel effort uses “electronic autopsies” to count deaths, and record their cause.

#africa, #autopsies, #countrywide-mortality-surveillance-for-action-comsa, #deaths-fatalities, #research, #sierra-leone, #third-world-and-developing-countries

The Unbelievable Stupidity of Ending Global Covid Aid

Republican intransigence could help incubate a new variant.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #democratic-party, #disease-rates, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

This Psychiatric Hospital Used to Chain Patients. Now It Treats Them.

Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries, is working to build a modern mental health system from scratch.

#doctors, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-and-nurses, #partners-in-health, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #sierra-leone, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #third-world-and-developing-countries

The U.S. Has Made Big Climate Promises. Where’s the Money?

The latest spending bill in Congress contains far less money to help developing countries than President Biden had pledged. That fits a pattern.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-budget-us, #georgia, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #humanitarian-aid, #internal-storyline-no, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Africa, a Mix of Shots Drives an Uncertain Covid Vaccination Push

Supplies are more plentiful now but they are unpredictable and often a jumble of brands. Many places can’t meet the W.H.O.’s recommended dosing schedules.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #sierra-leone, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Nations Plan a Global Treaty to Curb Plastic Pollution

The pact would be legally binding and could go beyond cleaning up plastic waste to curbs on future production.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #politics-and-government, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #treaties, #united-nations-environment-program, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Paul Farmer, Pioneer of Global Health, Dies at 62

As a medical student, Dr. Farmer decided to build a clinic in Haiti. It grew into a vast network serving some of the world’s poorest communities.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #farmer-paul-e, #haiti, #kidder-tracy, #mountains-beyond-mountains-book, #partners-in-health, #rwanda, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Rich Countries Lure Health Workers From Low-Income Nations to Fight Shortages

Huge pay incentives and immigration fast-tracks are leading many to leave countries whose health systems urgently need their expertise.

#africa, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #manila-philippines, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #zambia

Omicron Is Not the Final Variant

The world cannot afford to be so unprepared ever again.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Critics Say I.M.F. Loan Fees Are Hurting Nations in Desperate Need

Democratic lawmakers say the global fund’s surcharges for emergency relief siphon away money that countries need to fight the pandemic.

#argentina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #income-inequality, #international-monetary-fund, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #treasury-department

World Bank Warns Pandemic Will Slow Economic Growth in 2022

Global growth is expected to slow to 4.1 percent this year, from 5.5 percent in 2021, a projection underscores the stubborn nature of the public health crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #malpass-david, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #world-bank

Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists

Many public health experts were opposed to a boosters-for-all approach. The new variant is changing some minds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #immune-system, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries

Vaccines are finally available in many African countries, but some people there, as well as in South Asia, are wary of taking them.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Where Are Young People Most Optimistic? In Poorer Nations.

More than half of Americans, young and old, say children today will be less economically successful than their parents, a global survey shows.

#anxiety-and-stress, #income, #optimism, #polls-and-public-opinion, #poverty, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #youth

Pfizer Will Allow Its Covid Pill to Be Made and Sold Cheaply in Poor Countries

The company announced a deal that could help significantly expand access to the Covid-19 treatment, but the agreement excludes a number of countries hit hard by the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicines-patent-pool-foundation, #merckcompany-inc, #molnupiravir-drug, #paxlovid, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Negotiators Strike a Climate Deal, but World Remains Far From Limiting Warming

Some activists called the agreement in Glasgow disappointing, but it establishes a clear consensus that all countries need to do much more.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Glasgow Climate Talks Are Down to the Wire on Money, Ambition and Fossil Fuels

At COP26, negotiators from about 200 countries worked overnight, hashing out differences in the quest for a new global climate agreement

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #kerry-john, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Calls for Climate Reparations Reach Boiling Point in Glasgow Talks

For decades, vulnerable countries and activist groups have demanded that rich polluter countries pay for irreparable damage from climate change. This year, there may be a breakthrough.

#cyclones, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations

China and the United States Agree to Work Together to Tackle Climate Change

As nearly 200 nations struggle over global climate negotiations, the world’s two biggest polluters sign an agreement that is short on details..

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #wildfires

The Developing World Is Falling Short on Emissions Reductions

Plans for new power generation won’t meet global climate goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-energy-agency, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #mexico, #pakistan, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vietnam

Can Glasgow Deliver on a Global Climate Deal?

Negotiators from about 200 countries are entering Week 2 of climate talks trying to resolve big issues around money, transparency and timelines.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

At COP26, Africa Needs Decisive Action

World leaders must seize the moral imperative and commit to action on climate change.

#africa, #cop26, #global-warming, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Will the Glasgow Climate Summit Be the Breakthrough We Need?

Time is running down rapidly for the nations of the world to get control of their emissions. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #kyoto-protocol, #solar-energy, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #treaties, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #draghi-mario, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #foreign-aid, #francis, #group-of-twenty, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pfizer-inc, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #rome-italy, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Merck Will Share Formula for its Covid Pill With Poor Countries

The company announced a licensing deal that will allow the drug, molnupiravir, to be made and sold cheaply in 105 developing nations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emory-university, #inventions-and-patents, #medicine-and-health, #medicines-patent-pool-foundation, #merckcompany-inc, #molnupiravir-drug, #ridgeback-biotherapeutics, #third-world-and-developing-countries

The Rich World’s Promise of $100 Billion in Climate Aid Inches Forward

Diplomats announced a plan to make good on an unkept promise of climate aid, a key point of tension in upcoming global climate talks.

#foreign-aid, #glasgow-scotland, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Heavy Rains in India and Nepal Kill Dozens

The death toll continued to rise on Wednesday as landslides and flooding damaged homes and stranded thousands of people.

#deaths-fatalities, #floods, #global-warming, #india, #landslides-and-mudslides, #nepal, #rain, #third-world-and-developing-countries

U.S. Renews Its Support for the World Trade Organization

Trade Representative Katherine Tai outlined her vision for the battered World Trade Organization, saying the U.S. wanted to re-engage and address working people’s concerns.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine-1974, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-trade-organization

Rich Countries’ Climate Change Responsibility

What it will take: $100 billion from well-off nations.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #blackrock-inc, #european-union, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #third-world-and-developing-countries

I.M.F. Lowers Its Global Economic Growth Forecast

The global growth forecast was pared to 5.9 percent from 6 percent because of the Delta variant and supply chain bottlenecks. The U.S. growth prediction was cut to 6 percent from 7 percent.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #gopinath-gita, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy

Moderna, Racing for Profits, Keeps Covid Vaccine Out of Reach of Poor

Some poorer countries are paying more and waiting longer for the company’s vaccine than the wealthy — if they have access at all.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #income-inequality, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Global Supply Shortages Reach All the Way to a Haitian Aid Group

Continuing disruption to factory production and bottlenecks in shipping are leaving nonprofit groups short of goods for vulnerable communities worldwide.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #second-harvest, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Booster Shots for Covid Leave Africa Hanging in Wind

Just 20 percent of people in low- and lower-middle-income countries have received a first Covid-19 vaccine dose — compared to 80 percent in high-and upper-middle income countries.

#africa, #african-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #covax, #disease-rates, #european-union, #immune-system, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #london-school-of-hygiene-and-tropical-medicine, #royal-free-hospital-london-england, #shortages, #stockpiling, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Covid Trash Isn’t Always Dangerous. Not Everyone Got the Memo.

Overblown fears that the coronavirus could be transmitted through surfaces have created a stigma around handling nonhazardous trash, experts say. Some recyclable waste has been junked or burned.

#bangladesh, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #indonesia, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #uganda, #vaccination-and-immunization, #waste-materials-and-disposal

The Pandemic Has Set Back the Fight Against H.I.V., TB and Malaria

Prevention and treatment fell in poor countries last year as access to health care declined, according to a new report.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria, #malaria, #tests-medical, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #tuberculosis, #your-feed-science

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

Where is the urgency on climate change?

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #how-to-blow-up-a-pipeline-book, #infrastructure-public-works, #malm-andreas, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #wildfires

I.M.F. Board Backs $650 Billion Aid Plan to Help Poor Countries

The expansion of emergency reserves to fund vaccines and pay down debt has emerged as a political flash point in the United States.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #georgieva-kristalina-ivanova, #group-of-twenty, #international-monetary-fund, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yellen-janet-l

The Struggles of India’s Vaccine Giant

How an export ban has left millions of people without coronavirus vaccines and imperiled the reputation of the Serum Institute of India, world’s largest vaccine maker.

#astrazeneca-plc, #audio-neutral-informative, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

I.M.F. Presents Plan to Help Poor Countries During Pandemic

A proposal advanced by the International Monetary Fund aims to supply the developing world with extra money to buy vaccines, pay down debt and expand relief programs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #georgieva-kristalina-ivanova, #income-inequality, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #poverty, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-development-program, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-bank