Since human migrations began, germs have traveled with people, animals and traded goods. In an interconnected and mobile world, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS can spread rapidly. Yet international cooperation through agencies such as the World Health Organization also allows for a collective response to global health threats and faster response times. Nations have developed diverse health care systems, aiming for cost-effective treatment. Yet the diverse systems contribute to disparities in global health, including availability of technology, pharmaceutical companies targeting innovations to maximize profits, and providers abandoning areas of need for higher salaries in the West, just to name a few.

US Health Care Reform Is Only Getting Started

An individualistic streak raises costs of US health care, preventing universal coverage
Elizabeth H. Bradley, Lauren A. Taylor
November 5, 2013

How to Allocate CO2 Emissions

A fair, realistic proposal for allocating carbon emissions is needed to stem climate change
Humberto Llavador, John Roemer, Joaquim Silvestre
June 25, 2013

Citizenship of Convenience

With passports, dual citizenship, citizens hop between countries for health care, education
Tyler Grant
March 5, 2013

An Interview with John Dramani Mahama

One advantage Ghana has in all this is that we have a free society
John Dramani Mahama
February 18, 2013

Horsing Around the Global Food Chain

Consumers, alarmed by mislabeled horsemeat, expect meticulous care of global food purveyors
Nayan Chanda
February 18, 2013

Is China Choking on Success?

Smog enveloping China’s cities could be a metaphor for its dangerous, unsustainable growth
Robert A. Manning
February 15, 2013

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The Age of Pain

Social distress contributes to populism and governments must address systemic causes
William Davies
November 15, 2016

UNICEF: 300 Million Children Breathe Toxic Air

Satellite imagery confirms the pollution is most severe in South Asia and Africa
November 4, 2016

Global Health Funding Faces a Shortfall of Billions to Fight Diseases

Diseases can spread quickly and predictable, and sustained funding is required
Andrew Green
November 1, 2016

In Your Phone, In Their Air

Demand is growing for lithium batteries, and pollution infiltrates Chinese villages with graphite factories
Peter Whoriskey
October 28, 2016

US Cities Reconsider LED Streetlights After AMA Warning

The energy-saving lights may interrupt sleep and reduce nighttime vision
Alyssa Navarro
September 26, 2016

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