14 August 2018
Campaigners have criticised NHS’s care of women with mental health issues as ‘not fit for purpose’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
More than 200 patients killed themselves in mental health units over seven years, new figures have revealed, prompting concern about the safety and quality of care.
Data collected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 224 people died of self-inflicted injuries between 2010 and 2016 in mental health hospitals in England.
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8 August 2018
The top 10 causes of death
Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed 3.0 million lives in 2016, while lung cancer (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.7 million deaths. Diabetes killed 1.6 million people in 2016, up from less than 1 million in 2000. Deaths due to dementias more than doubled between 2000 and 2016, making it the 5th leading cause of global deaths in 2016 compared to 14th in 2000.
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6 August 2018
Health, environment, and sustainable development
Kwame Nkrumah Interchange - Accra, Ghana - photo by Kwasiog
Urban planning is a health issue, and health is an urban planning issue. More than 80 percent of people living in urban areas are exposed to polluted air. Air pollution causes 7 million deaths each year, exerts an economic burden of billions of dollars, and is responsible for over a third of deaths by lung cancer, stroke and pulmonary disease.
The sectors that are the biggest causes of urban air pollution — transport, energy, waste and other energy intensive industries — also contribute to other major health risks, including traffic injuries, noise stressors, barriers to physical activity and sanitation risks.
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6 August 2018
The guardian: "Air pollution linked to changes in heart structure"
Written by: Nicola Davis
Study shows correlation between levels of exposure to fine particulate matter and chamber enlargement seen in early stages of heart failure
London skyline: people living in the UK are 64 times more likely to die from air pollution than people living in Sweden. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA
Air pollution is linked to changes in the structure of the heart of the sort seen in early stages of heart failure, say researchers.
The finding could help explain the increased number of deaths seen in areas with high levels of dirty air. For example, a report last year revealed that people in the UK are 64 times more likely to die from the effect of air pollution than people living in Sweden. Such premature deaths can be linked to a number of causes including respiratory problems, stroke and coronary artery disease.
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31 July 2018
Speaking to the global health chief: An interview with WHO’s Dr Tedros
Image: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Photo by James Chau
Coming into office on a strong wave of support, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – or Dr Tedros – as he is popularly referred to, took the helm of the World Health Organization (WHO) in July last year.
Universal health coverage (UHC) was a central theme of his election campaign, and so it’s no surprise that he has made this a pillar of his leadership in the 12 months since. At its simplest, UHC is accessible and affordable health care for everyone, where “all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.” It’s not new. When it was founded in 1948, WHO’s constitution made clear that health was a fundamental human right. What Dr Tedros is seeking to achieve today takes this vision to a different level.
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30 May 2018
Basel Sustainability Forum Series 2019 / 2020
The organizer of the Basel Sustainability Forum Series are currently looking for founding partners for the next four editions of the Basel Sustainability Forum to support the conferences and to join the newly founded MDPI Sustainability Foundation network.
For more information please contact: Matthias Burkhalter, MDPI Sustainability Foundation, Email: email@example.com
29 May 2018
BSF2018 - Final Program Uploaded
The final program of the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate has been uploaded at https://bsf-3.sciforum.net/. Keynote: Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, University of Bern - Climatic Hazards in Africa and Insights for Farmers Food Security.
24 May 2018
BSF2018 - The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum: Climate
Keynote: Océane Dayer, Swiss Youth for Climate and SDSN Switzerland - The Paris Agreement – Mobilization Beyond the International Arena
Paris Agreement: Essential Elements
The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.
The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework. Further information on key aspects of the Agreement can be found here.
14 May 2018
BSF2018 - The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum: Climate - Roundtable Moderation by Kim Berrendorf
Kim Berrendorf alias KimiB.Good will moderate the Multi-stakeholders Roundtable at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate. Participants: Angela Hinel (University of Basel), Thomas Hügli (Chief Sustainability Officer AXA Switzerland), Matthias Nabholz (Head Environment and Energy, Canton Basel-Stadt), Chinwe Ifejika Speranza (Professor University of Bern), Andreas Zivy (Chairman of Ameropa Holding, Founding Member of the Ameropa Foundation) and Marco Piffaretti (University of Basel).
27 April 2018
BSF2019 / 1 - The 4th Basel Sustainability Fourm: Health
Announcement: The 4th Basel Sustainability Forum on Health Issues in Switzerland and Africa will be held in Spring 2019. Ideas? Please let us know and subscribe to the 'Conference Series' to stay updated.
19 April 2018
Short Bio of the Confirmed Main Speakers
Founder and Vice-President Swiss Youth for Climate and Co-Chair SDSN Switzerland. As the representative of the Swiss Youth at the UN (YouthRep) in 2015, Océane founded Swiss Youth for Climate http://sci.fo/4qt. She is also Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland http://sci.fo/4qu
Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern, Switzerland http://sci.fo/4qv. Prof. Ifejika Speranza is a Geographer with backgrounds in Climatology (BSc, Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria), Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (MSc, Univ. of Zurich), and Human Geography (PhD, Univ. of Bern). She is Professor at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland. She has over 10 years’ experience in training Extension Officers in Kenya and Tanzania on drought and food security management, and is involved in science-policy activities. She is an associate fellow at the German Development Institute, Bonn, and a visiting Professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is an editorial board member of Regional Environmental Change.
Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP), University of Bern, Switzerland http://sci.fo/4p2. Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences of ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. Thomas Stocker has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate dynamics and paleoclimate modeling and reconstruction. From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group I of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) http://sci.fo/4qw that provided the scientific foundation of the Paris Agreement http://sci.fo/4qy. Thomas Stocker holds two honorary doctorates (University of Versailles and ETH Zürich) and received numerous awards for his work. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist in 2017 https://marcel-benoist.ch/en/.
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06 April 2018
Chinwe Ifejika Speranza and Thomas Stocker Keynote Speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum
Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management and Thomas Stocker, Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP) both from the University of Bern, Switzerland confirmed as keynote speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate.
The event is free but participants need to register here.
05 April 2018
United Nations Climate Change Head Wants Donald Trump Back in the Paris Agreement
Photo: Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The head of the United Nations body charged with addressing global warming wants to work with the Trump administration to bring the U.S. back into the Paris Agreement on climate change, she told TIME last week at an energy conference in Houston.
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that she remains “hopeful” that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement can be reversed before it becomes official in 2020. By Justin Worland, TIME
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02 April 2018
China’s Bold Energy Vision
Thandi Mgwebi, Max Bergman, Sonia and Jeffrey Sachs joint recipients of the first World
Sustainability Award, and Franck Vazquez at the ceremony during WSF2017 in Cape Town,
South Africa. Photo: Matthias Burkhalter
China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the world faces today. By Jeffrey D. Sachs
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Chinese Version: 中国大胆的能源愿景
29 March 2018
"Every country must put the welfare of the whole Earth above all else"
Photo: Joseph Deiss. © WTI
Whether the environment, business and trade, migration, or institutional development: the international community faces immense challenges. Now, 15 years after it officially joined the UN, Switzerland, too, must re-examine its global role: Does it wish to act as a bridge builder for a better world? How does it help enable real solutions? At the 1st Swiss-UN Day on March 23, 2018, representatives from science, policy, international organizations, and civil society met at the University of Bern to discuss the way forward. By Gaby Allheilig
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07 March 2018
University of Basel tests camera for Mars rover
From Witterswil to Mars: Professor Nikolaus Kuhn tests the operation of a specially
developed camera with a model of the ExoMars Rover. (Image: University of Basel, Florian Moritz)
In 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA) is sending a rover into space to examine the surface of Mars for signs of life. Its on-board equipment includes a high-resolution camera developed in Switzerland, and researchers from the University of Basel are currently testing the camera’s operation in an artificial Martian landscape.
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01 September 2017
Climate scientist Thomas Stocker awarded the Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize
Professor Thomas Stocker and Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.
Thomas Stocker, a professor at the University of Bern, has been awarded this year’s Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize. By means of climate modelling and ice core analysis, Prof Stocker has been able to demonstrate the reality of climate change and its resulting consequences. In keeping with the objects of the Foundation, his research findings are of great importance to human life, and address one of the main challenges facing today’s society. Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Marcel Benoist Foundation, met Professor Thomas Stocker in Bern today, and congratulated him on this important award. The award ceremony will be held in Bern on 1 November.
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