Morally speaking, not all Covid-19 vaccines will be equal

The race is on to develop a vaccine for Covid-19. More than 140 vaccines are being tested around the world, according to the World Health Organisation. In Australia alone at least half a dozen vaccines are being trialled. At the same time, the WHO and various experts keep warning us that, even with a vaccine, […]

Humanising the fallout

Tens of millions of replays on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook — we never tire of watching the apocalyptic explosion in Beirut this week. Yet the Beirut horror is but a glimpse of the instant devastation in Nagasaki that took place 75 years ago, on August 9, 1945, killing up to 80,000 persons, nearly all civilians. […]

Panicking over climate change has a cost, too

A continuation of this fear-driven approach will result in serious costs to the world’s population over the next century, particularly poorer people in developing countries who cannot enter the middle-class without access to the affordable and reliable energy which comes from fossil fuels.

How much more punishment can Lebanon take?

Lebanon did not need one of the world’s most horrific accidental detonations to remind people it is a state teetering on the edge of collapse. However, the destructive power of 2,750 metric tonnes of ammonium nitrate ignited in Beirut’s port, killing 135 people and injuring 5,000 more so far, has amplified the parlous state in […]