Blog posts on "WHO"

An opportunity for regional public goods in health strategy

The current H7N9 avian influenza (bird flu) that has infected 108 cases and claimed 22 lives, and that has just spread outside People’s Republic of China (PRC) as of 24 April 2013 should be a stern reminder that global (and regional) health threats continue to loom large.

Brian Chin

Beijing’s smog-laden skies obscure the Forbidden City in a thick orange haze. Photo credit: iStockphoto.

The price of breath in Beijing

If a frog is placed in a boiling caldron, it will immediately jump out to safety.  If the same frog is placed in water, which is slowly heated to boiling, the frog will tranquilly remain and eventually die from overheating.

This biological anecdote is frequently utilized as a metaphor for our political state of affairs over global climate change.  As the planet slowly heats and succumbs to gradual change we unwittingly accustomize without sensing the dangers that await us.  The lessons from this phenomenon also encompass the state of our cities and the transport sector.

Lloyd Wright

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