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Asia Is Slowly Beginning to Reopen Travel. Here’s What the World Could Learn

This article by Hillary Leung, was originally published in Time in its Coronavirus Brief As the world struggles to reopen and establish a new post-coronavirus normal, global travel is likely to be the last activity to go back to business as usual. Every country and territory in the world has imposed travel restrictions of some…

Restarting national economies during coronavirus

This is the second article from Mckinsey & Company that explores measures to emerge from a lockdown strategy. In this article by Andres Cadena, Felipe Child, Fernando Ferrari-Haines, and Juan Franco, they explain the elements required for a selective lockdown approach to work: a fine-grained understanding of the virus’s spread in every part of a…

The unreal dichotomy in COVID-19 mortality between high-income and developing countries

In this article from the Brookings Institute, authors Philip Schellekens and Diego Sourrouille explore where the burden of mortality arising from COVID 19 will fall in the future. Here’s a striking statistic: Low-income and lower-middle income countries (LICs and LMICs) account for almost half of the global population but they make up only 2 percent…

The geopolitics of easing Covid lockdowns

As numerous countries gradually emerge from nearly two months of Covid-19 quarantines, many citizens will struggle to transition from lockdown limbo to the “new” normal and its accompanying realities. Political necessity, public pressure and economic survival demand the start of a re-opening process – and where reasonably possible, at a progressively elevated pace. However, the brutal…

China’s digital payments revolution

While America continues to use bank-based magnetic striped cards with chips, China has undergone a retail payment revolution. Leapfrogging the card-based system, two new payment systems have come to dominate person-to-person, retail, and many business transactions. China’s new system is built on digital wallets, QR codes (two-dimensional bar codes), and runs through their own big…

Reducing agriculture emissions through improved farming practices

The agriculture sector’s role in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is widely known but not well understood. In truth, more than one-quarter of the world’s GHG emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and land-use change. And unless actively addressed, these emissions are likely to increase as more people populate the Earth and the need for food continues…

What a sustainable circular economy would look like

The European Commission has vowed to build a sustainable circular economy post coronavirus. Anne Velenturf & Phil Purnell explain the idea of a sustainable circular economy in this article originally published in The Conversation. More than 100 billion tonnes of materials entered the global economy in 2017 to generate power, build infrastructure and homes, produce…

Pakistan’s dangerous capitulation to the religious right on the coronavirus

The religious right in Pakistan has long influenced the country’s government and is doing so amid this COVID-19 pandemic, explains Madiha Afzal. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. Perform your ablutions at home. Bring your own prayer mats, place them six feet apart. Wear masks. Use the provided hand sanitizer. No handshakes or…

Iran’s corona-diplomacy The Rouhani administration’s miscalculated efforts to get sanctions lifted

Tehran has tried to use the present coronavirus crisis to improve its international position. Now, amid the pandemic, the Iranian government’s campaign against Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions has yielded important international support, but the Rouhani administration still seems to misread the White House. This article by Ali-Fatholla Nejad and Amin Naeni and published by the…