Weekly Round Up: Lives at risk, a second red warning, & skeptical activists

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly post to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.

The Children of China’s Cancer Slum: Drug Costs Putting Young Lives at Risk

China’s healthcare industry is going through a major restructuring and whilst families have the access to healthcare services, it can often leave them financially crippled once the bill comes through. This is particularly the case for expensive drugs used to fight cancer, in this piece we hear the stories of families who have given up everything to fight for their children’s healthcare. Putting into question the strength of the country’s current system.

A change of climate in how activists view business

Many pledges were made by corporations to fight the climate change during the recent COP21, but environmental activists are not satisfied, they think corporates are self-congratulating too much on efforts that are ‘necessary but insufficient to address climate change’. In this piece, Rappaport discusses how civil society’s view towards the private sector in changing on the climate issue.

“Here we go again!” – Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert

Less than a week since the first “red alert” for high air pollution levels in Beijing, the government has announced its second warning. The alert will again lead to restrictions on vehicle use, factories and construction work in the capital until next Tuesday. “Here we go again!” said one Weibo user.

China again promises to clean up air ahead of 2022 Games

In the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and a nearby city, China promised yet one more time to reduce its air pollution, despite the fact that the government has released the first and second red alerts over the past week.


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