Why Syria, Nicaragua – and now the US – aren’t part of the Paris climate agreement

In keeping to his controversial campaign promise, US President Donald Trump will officially withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, a historic climate change accord brokered by representatives of almost 200 countries at the 2015 COP21 summit in Paris. Despite being the second greatest emitter of polluting greenhouse gases in the world, the US will now join only two other countries party to the 1992 United Nations … Continue reading Why Syria, Nicaragua – and now the US – aren’t part of the Paris climate agreement

One in three Australian university students think about self-harm and suicide, survey finds

Over 35% of students enrolled at universities or TAFE courses across Australia have had thoughts about self-harm and suicide in the past year, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Union of Students and headspace. The study was the first by NUS focusing on tertiary students aged between 17 and 25 and one of the largest of its kind in Australia, surveying 2,600 students around … Continue reading One in three Australian university students think about self-harm and suicide, survey finds

Overpriced tuberculosis drug unavailable to countries needing it most: MSF

A promising tuberculosis drug that has had approval for usage for over 2 years and could effectively treat over 300000 newly infected people has only been utilized in 180 cases, according to medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In a statement released last week, the group criticised Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka for overpricing its experimental drug delamanid and not doing enough to ensure the most vulnerable have access. Tuberculosis (TB) is one the world’s deadliest … Continue reading Overpriced tuberculosis drug unavailable to countries needing it most: MSF

Paris climate agreement: a three-point summary

After around two weeks of intensive debate at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, the nearly 200 attendant countries reached consensus and published the final Paris Agreement on December 12. The unparalleled accord succeeds where the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 failed, uniting the international community in a singular stance against the ever-encroaching threat of climate change and global warming. “This agreement is differentiated, fair, durable, dynamic, balanced, … Continue reading Paris climate agreement: a three-point summary

Road to COP21: the facts and figures of Climate Change

In less than two weeks, representatives from over 190 countries and a host of intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies and NGOs will meet in Le Bourget in Paris, France to discuss the future of the global approach to climate change. The 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) is intended to run from November 30 to December 11 and will, for the first time in 20 years, aim to “achieve a … Continue reading Road to COP21: the facts and figures of Climate Change

A brief update on West Africa’s Ebola outbreak

For a bit of background and an introduction to this issue, I suggest reading my earlier post: Death toll rising: West Africa’s Ebola epidemic explored.  The deadly Ebola virus that has so far claimed the lives of 1552 people (as of August 28) continues its aggressive sweep across vulnerable communities in West Africa. Five countries have now recorded cases of widespread infection and the World Health … Continue reading A brief update on West Africa’s Ebola outbreak

Death toll rising: West Africa’s Ebola epidemic explored

West Africa is currently in the grips of the worst Ebola virus outbreak in recorded history. Since February, when the first case cropped up in Guinea, there have been 1093 individual cases of infection and a substantial 660 deaths (that’s a fatality rate of 60%), with the toll rising steadily each day. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia are the epicenters of the present epidemic, and … Continue reading Death toll rising: West Africa’s Ebola epidemic explored