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Women Women Entrepreneurship Under-Funding Gender Budget

India ranks among the lowest in the world in women’s entrepreneurship

A lack of access to funds is one of the biggest hurdles Indian women face in pursuing entrepreneurship.
By Mimansa Verma for Quartz on June 22, 2022
Health Air Pollution Health Hazard Life Expectancy

Dirty air could shave five years off people’s lives in south Asia

People living in south Asia could lose about five years of their lives on average unless air quality improves to WHO-prescribed levels, according to a new assessment.
By Ranjit Devraj for Quartz on June 17, 2022
Environment Banks Greenwashing Climate Mitigation

Can bankers fix their climate problem from the inside?

Although most have long-term decarbonization targets, very few have been willing to restrict their business with high-carbon clients. Globally, banks have lent $4.6 trillion to the fossil fuel industry since 2016.
By Tim McDonnell for Quartz on June 27, 2022
Equality Access to Cooling Equipment Workers Rights Extreme Heat

Should air conditioning be part of workers’ rights?

This past May, workers at a Dollar General store in Apache, Oklahoma, were faced with the prospect of being stuck inside with no air conditioning. The forecast that day was above 100°F, and the temperature in the store had reached 85°F. So they quit.
By Sarah Todd for Quartz on June 24, 2022
Health Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Infant Deaths Child Health

Her baby died in his sleep. Her 29-year quest to find out why has led to a big breakthrough on SIDS

To new parents, many things are terrifying—yet few of them are as scary as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.
By Annalisa Merelli for Quartz on May 19, 2022
Economy Billionaire Wealth Inequality Extreme Poverty

The pandemic created a new billionaire every 30 hours

In early 2020, the world counted 2,095 billionaires. Today—two years, half-a-billion covid cases, and at least 6 million covid deaths later—there are 2,668.
By Annalisa Merelli for Quartz on May 24, 2022
Health Access to Abortion Abortion Rights Safe Abortion

How Mexico ensures access to safe abortion without legalizing it

When it comes to abortion, Mexico offers a glimpse of a possible future for the US.
By Annalisa Merelli for Quartz on June 7, 2022
More Occupational Hazard Unsafe Working Conditions Occupational Injury

Nearly a decade after the Rana Plaza collapse, Bangladesh is still one of the most dangerous countries for workers

A fire in a container facility set off a series of explosions on Saturday evening local time, killing at least 49 people in Bangladesh and injuring at least 150.
By Annalisa Merelli for Quartz on June 6, 2022
More Economic Impacts Non-Cooperation Water Resources

South Asian countries lose over $14.2 billion a year due to the lack of a water sharing deal

Countries around the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) basin lose over $14.2 billion annually from a lack of cooperation in sharing the waters of these rivers, with little prospect of accord in the foreseeable future, according to a new analysis.
By Athar Parvaiz for Quartz on June 6, 2022
More COVID-19 Unemployment Hunger

Covid made Africa the saddest continent

If happiness was a commodity, then Africa would have amassed the least of it, especially during the covid-19 pandemic where many Africans found nothing to smile about in their daily lives.
By Faustine Ngila for Quartz on May 31, 2022