18 Jan 2019

World Economic Forum Releases Lists of “Biggest Risks” Worldwide in 2019

Releasing three separate lists ranking the top ten “Risks by Likelihood,” “Risks by Impact,” and “Risks by Interconnections,” the WEF reflects the responses of leaders across the Forum’s business, government, civil society, and thought leadership networks. The third chart explores some of the interactions of the various risks and works

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17 Jan 2019

North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

All human life on earth could be ended by a single gallon of strategically-distributed anthrax. This fact, coupled with ongoing North Korean efforts towards weaponization has led experts, like the Obama-administration Pentagon head of nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, to declare that “North Korea is far more likely to

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17 Jan 2019

The World’s Health Organization’s Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a list of the leading 10 threats to global health in 2019. The first listed threat is “Air Pollution and Climate Change,” where 9/10 people breathe polluted air daily leading to around 7 million premature deaths per year. Climate change also threatens to

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15 Jan 2019

DRC: Breakthrough in Fight Against Ebola

Not until partway through the West African Ebola epidemic between 2013 and 2016 was a treatment developed that was used to reduce fatalities and help end the outbreak.This treatment only treated one strain of the virus, however, and not the other two deadly strains. Only a few years later, Doctors

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10 Jan 2019

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Emphasizes the Importance of Projecting Strength in the Arctic

Did you know that, by 2022, more advanced fighter jets will be based in Alaska than anywhere else in the world? “Whoever holds Alaska will hold the world,” declared a US general a few years before WWII and before the US conducted its first-ever mass airlift and aerial bombing operations

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10 Jan 2019

How Venezuela’s crisis developed and drove out millions of people

With Maduro’s inauguration to another 6-year term, the entrenched problems in the Venezuelan economy and political system show no sign of radical adjustments. The hyperinflation, shortages, and declining oil production have been thrown around as signs and symptoms, but understanding how the crisis began and how it is continuing require

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09 Jan 2019

Illegal deforestation spikes in Colombia: How FARC prevented deforestation and the government cannot

Although FARC groups have been largely demobilized in the two years since the peace deal they signed with the Colombian government, the government has been unable to prevent escalation in illegal activities that impact the country’s forests, an escalation that is heavily driven by the fallout of a demobilized FARC.

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04 Jan 2019

China’s population growth likely to enter negative territory in 2030

China’s population is projected to reach a high of 1.442 billion in 2029, at which time the population will begin to decline due to fertility rates of only 1.6. If the rate does not increase in the next years, China’s population will begin to contract in 2027. According to the

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28 Dec 2018

Latin America grapples with migrant exodus that looks set to worsen in 2019

“About 3.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates about two million more, from a population of 32 million, could follow in 2019. Every day, about 5,000 Venezuelans leave home, according to the United Nations, in one of the biggest exodus of people in modern

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21 Dec 2018

UN Reports ‘Alarming’ Trends in Drug Trafficking in Africa

“The U.N. drugs and crime chief said Wednesday that his office is registering ‘new, alarming trends’ in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability of country’s to govern as well as security, economic growth and public health. Yuri Fedotov told the Security Council that criminal

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