Let me start with a disclaimer: I am overweight.  My kids and my wife keep telling me that I need to be mindful of what and how much I eat and be more disciplined with my exercise regime.  Why do…

Patricio V. Marquez |

​Marine Protected Areas will be a topic for discussion at the IUCN World Parks Congress, which is opening today in Sydney.  And it should be: MPAs—which are marine spaces that restrict human…

Amanda Feuerstein |

consider this picture MOOCs -- massively open online courses of the sort that can simultaneously enroll thousands, even tens of thousands, of learners simultaneously -- have been a hot topic of…

Michael Trucano |

Teresa at her home store, where she sells candies amongst her other wares. en espanol A few years ago, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio published “Hungry Planet, ” a fascinating book with…

María Eugenia Bonilla-Chacín |

New entrants to the working age population in most Middle East and North Africa countries encounter economic structures and policies that have long failed to generate an adequate number of new…

Farrukh Iqbal |

In the unsettling horror movie Alien, an alien invades and hides within the human body, eventually causing great devastation. This is like the real story of the parasitic worm that, within minutes…

Alaa Hamed, Amina Semlali |

Video Six women die in childbirth every day in Yemen, a fact the World Bank is committed to help change with a focus on maternal health.

Yemen is mostly in the news these days for its political transition. This has obscured a longstanding issue, the chewing of qat, which has equally important consequences for the country.   Qat is…

Mustapha Rouis |

According to Yemen’s National Population Council, maternal deaths in Yemen are the highest in the Middle East. Barely a third of births take place with the help of experienced health workers, and…

Ebrahim Al-Harazi |

Two days before the world observes International School Meals Day, I’m here sitting in the U.K. Houses of Parliament thinking about the unexpected evolution of school meals programs in recent…

Donald Bundy, Linda Brooke Schultz |