Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

A new study shows that while fine particle air pollution has declined nationwide over the past 40 years, the health and environmental benefits haven't been shared evenly.

Jay Shimshack, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: public-health inequality air-pollution environmental-justice particulates us-environmental-protection-agency environmental-health us-environmental-policy monitoring

Random testing in Indiana shows COVID-19 is 6 times deadlier than flu, and 2.8% of the state has been infected

A team of researchers from Indiana University performed random testing for SARS-CoV-2 across the state. The results offer some of the most accurate data to date about important aspects of the virus.

Nir Menachemi, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health epidemiology public-health coronavirus inequality pandemic statistics sars-cov-2 testing random-sampling antibody-testing indiana rt-pcr covi-19 death-rate

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus global-health ethics inequality tuberculosis prescription-drug-prices remdesivir covid-19-vaccine religion-and-society bioethics access-to-medicines drug-prices essential-medicines polio-vaccination ethical-dilemma

Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists

We need to move towards 'sufficiency-oriented' lifestyles.

Manfred Lenzen, Professor of Sustainability Research, School of Physics, University of Sydney • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  inequality

People in England’s poorest towns ‘lose over a decade of good health’, research finds

Cambridge researchers find major health inequalities – as well as a geographic divide – between the most and least deprived English towns. They say that life

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health mental-health public-policy inequality england

School segregation by wealth is creating unequal learning outcomes for children in the Global South

Millions of the world’s poorest children are leaving school without mastering even basic levels of reading or maths because of an overlooked pattern of widespread, wealth-based inequalities in their countries’ education systems, new research suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education africa international-development inequality

Panic buying in the wake of COVID-19 underscores inequalities in South Africa

Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

James Lappeman, Head of Projects, UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing, University of Cape Town • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  retail  covid-19  inequality  consumer-behaviour  informal-sector  panic-buying

Advanced degrees bring higher starting salaries – but also higher debt

A new survey shows that people with advanced degrees make more money starting out on the same jobs as those with just bachelor's degrees. But there's more to the story, two sociologists note.

Eric Grodsky, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  inequality  graduate-school  student-loans  us-higher-education  graduate-salaries  student-loan-debt  higher-ed-attainment

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

While the Great Depression reduced inequality and closed the racial wealth gap, the Great Recession of 2009 did the opposite.

Megan Neely, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  finance  inequality  economy  money  united-states  race  wall-street  great-depression  recession  great-recession  wealth-gap  racial-wealth-gap

The digital divide leaves millions at a disadvantage during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.

Gregory Porumbescu, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags:  poverty  covid-19  coronavirus  inequality  internet  pandemic  social-distancing  telecommuting  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  broadband  online-education  digital-divide  socioeconomics  fcc

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