Welcome to another week of news, and of course, the Pandora Papers was an early leader in headlines around the world. A stash of 12 million leaked confidential financial records threw a light on the concealed wealth of powerful public figures around the world.
Essentially, this is how the wealthy hide their money.
While there is definite criminality and money laundering in the mix of this news story, one thing was clear – many of the people mentioned are not doing anything illegal. For me, however, in a world of rising inequality and a global economic crisis that is devastating so many, it is a moral issue and speaks to what must change as we redesign a new future.
Covid continues its advance around the world, with Alaska now the worst hit US state, and doctors have been forced to decide who lives and who dies. The US hit 700,000 deaths from Covid last week, due to the combination of vaccine refusal and the delta variant. In Florida and Texas, which accounts for 15 per cent of the country’s population, it’s experiencing more than 30 per cent of the nation’s deaths since the nation crossed the 600,000 threshold.
And the environment was a mix of many news stories, withan oil spill off the California Coast that caused major environmental damage, as well as two wet weather events of note.
Italy experienced two feet of rain falling in half a day, which has never been experienced in Europe before. In Oman, a rare tropical cyclone dumped years’ worth of rainfall, bringing deadly floods to a nation that rarely sees rain in an entire year.
The fires continue, with one in eight acres in California burned in the last decade, and while we’ve been stunned with California, in Northern Russia, it’s estimated 65,000 square miles have burned — which is more than six times the area burnt in the United States so far this year!
But don’t worry, according to the IMF, the fossil fuel industry continues to get subsidies – a meagre $11 million a minute – and a new study from the American Chemical Society shows infants ingest 10-15 times more microplastics than adults.
Probably the biggest news for me this week, is the announcement of a new Malaria vaccine – which is more than 100 years in the making!!! There are more than 100 types of malaria parasites impacting humans, and this RTS,S vaccine targets the one that is most deadly and most common in Africa, which has 94% of the cases of Malaria.
A trial showed the vaccine prevents four in 10 cases of malaria, three in 10 severe cases, and the number of children needing blood transfusions has fallen by a third. I think that’s worth celebrating.
There’s so much more going on, this is just a flavor. Dig into the news that matters below and let me know what got your attention this week?
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The Singapore mental health advocates to follow on LinkedIn big shout out to the wonderful Sha En Yeo, who made the list of Singapore mental health advocates to follow on LinkedIn. Well deserved, a fabulous lady.
I released two podcasts this week. First up, 45 ideas to inspire you to reduce your impact on the environment with Susanna Hasenoehrl – The Sustainability Speaker, Tim Wade – who speaks about winning through change, Michelle Mouille – founder of the Sustainable Mai Khao Foundation, and Joanne Flinn, The Strategic Sustainability Lady. If you are looking for a place to start making changes in your life, this is it!
We call it the Divorce Booster is a chat with my hubby, following our third booster shot less than three months after the first two jabs. It seems other’s are experiencing this too, and not necessarily because they got the booster. Do take care of yourselves.
Top 20 polluters in the world
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Fast fashion: The dumping ground for unwanted clothes tks Steve Johnson
Cities are turning into rivers? Severe floods in Liguria, Italy – tks Sophia Henri
47 countries to be removed from red list in dramatic travel reshuffle tks Mireille Barber
I’m entitled not to listen to Sage, says Sajid Javid tks Pooneh Fooladi
NSW must do better than Dominic Perrottet as premier tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
Global Deal to End Tax Havens Moves Ahead as Nations Back 15% Rate tks Joanne Flinn
Keppel O&M completes construction of 2 offshore substations in renewable energy push tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Social issues and humanity
Chimamanda Embarrass Europe By Reminding them if their Horrific Acts Towards Africans – tks Robert Kirubi
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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