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Indonesian Fires Spreading Toxic Fumes Harmful To Human, Plant Health, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Scientists warn of health damage from Indonesia’s haze fires “Toxic fumes from the Indonesian fires that have spread a choking haze across Southeast Asia may be doing more harm to human and plant health than officials have indicated, scientists measuring the pollution say…” (Tang, 11/10).

Pulitzer Center Collection Examines HIV Epidemic In Philippines

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency In this collection, Pulitzer Center grantees Ana P. Santos, a freelance journalist based in Manila, Philippines, and Veejay Villafranca, a documentary photographer, report on the Philippines’ growing HIV epidemic and “examine how a public health issue is made…

India Promotes Clean Cooking Technologies To Save Lives, Ensure Social Justice, AP Reports

Associated Press: India sees clean cooking as climate action that saves lives “…India, the world’s third-largest climate polluting nation, has spent decades encouraging cleaner cooking technologies, with limited success. Such a shift would have little impact on India’s emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases, and many of the alternatives pollute as…

China’s Two-Child Policy Still Impedes Women’s Reproductive Rights

New York Times: Still No Dignity for Chinese Women Sheng Keyi, Chinese novelist “…[D]ropping the one-child policy will not end the [Chinese] government’s control of women’s bodies. We still will not have the final say when it comes to our reproductive rights. … [A] two-child policy means the state can…

China, South Korea’s Insistence On Tariffs For Medical Device Industries Could Prevent Global Access To Life-Saving Technologies

Wall Street Journal: How Lower Tariffs Can Save Lives Nilanjan Banik, professor of economics at Mahindra Ecole Centrale and fellow at CUTS International, and Philip Stevens, director of the Geneva Network “…Negotiators are meeting in Geneva this week to bring lifesaving medical devices into [the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information…

No Government Should Interfere With Women’s Reproductive Rights; U.S. Should Continue To Invest In Family Planning, Reproductive Health Programs

TIME: The End of China’s One-Child Policy Isn’t Enough Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “…Until China promotes a fully rights-based, voluntary family planning program, it is supporting the continued oppression of Chinese families through coercive reproductive policies. No government and no politician should interfere with the…

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