California has taken the lead on U.S. efforts to combat global warming with a landmark agreement between Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Democrats on legislation that would require big cuts in carbon emissions. A law expected to pass California’s Democratic-controlled lower house today would cut carbon gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a 25 percent reduction. Schwarzenegger, who faces a re-election campaign in the fall, announced yesterday that he would sign the law.
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Those seeking a bit of inspiration in the struggle to improve weak health systems should check out the Time Magazine story of the radical transformation of the U.S. Veteran's Administration hospitals over the past 10 years. The VA has long had a reputation for sub-standard quality, crumbling infrastructure and unhappy workers and patients -- conditions attributed by some to its status as a large, government-run hospital system.
Chad has expelled oil giants Chevron and Petronas from the country for allegedly failing to pay taxes. The press seems to be suggesting that the move is either another Bolivia-style nationalization or simply the government moving the American and Malaysian companies out of the way for another investor:
When health and development experts study the causes of poor health in poor countries, weak health systems are often the scapegoat. With so many fingers pointed at the many inefficient, corrupt, and poorly-resourced systems, you would think that coherent, large-scale efforts would seek to address this constraint on better health. This has not been true -- until now.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation gives unrestricted individual "genius" grants to activists, academics, musicians, authors and others. (Michael Kremer, a non-resident fellow of CGD and the thinker behind the Making Markets for Vaccines, is a previous recipient.)
Stephen Lewis's closing remarks at the International AIDS Conference have sparked controversy in the AIDS community because Mr. Lewis, speaking in his capacity as the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, lambasted the South African government for its AIDS policies. Mr. Lewis's choice of language was indeed quite inflammatory, but the substance of his comments was quite accurate. Namely, South Africa continues to promote policies that are antithetical to stopping the spread of AIDS.
I left the Toronto AIDS Conference last week unsettled. One of the purposes of these conferences is to bring together most of the people working in the field to share lessons and re-energize us to fight harder and do more to help people infected and affected by the disease. But Toronto felt like a professional trade show. Why?