A man collects plastic and other recyclable materials from debris in the waters of Manila Bay in Manila. Reuters
It is widely reported that laughter is the best medicine. Now I think I have a reason to check the veracity of that claim (“Humans consume ‘tens of thousands’ of plastic pieces,” June 6, Gulf Today). After I read that report, I deliberated between being worried and having a good laugh. I chose the latter because I felt that laughing
Air pollution represents a combination of household and outdoor contaminants as well as ozone, while water pollution included unsafe water and poor sanitation.
This week, New York rolled out its plastic bag ban and the positive reaction to it was encouraging. As a former climate change negotiator for the Philippines who now lives in New York, and a parent of two who encourages her children to see Mother Nature as their second mom, to these environmentally conscious urbanites I say: let’s ban paper bags too.
Challenges are a part of life. Whether it’s an individual or a nation, it is how prepared and determined one is to overcome such challenges when they arise that makes the difference.
Most countries which have lockdowns have been able to ensure supplies of basic and essential items to the people. Nevertheless, it is useful for citizens to ensure that they keep adequate inventories of medicines or any special food items that they need.
Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address from the ramparts of New Delhi’s Red Fort, announce that India has developed a COVID-19 cure?
COVID-19 has played a significant role in wealth redistribution. The tech-first companies and founders have got richer, to the tune of billions. At the same time, the physical-first founders (aviation, hospitality and real estate), have been pushed to the bottom of the global rich list.