Africa is managing COVID-19 very well so far

The Cooperative Society NewsletterJuly 2020, Issue 23by E.G. Nadeau Why an article on the coronavirus in Africa? Two reasons: I have spent much of my 50-year co-op career living and working in about 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, so I have a personal interest. Secondly, there is not a lot written in the Western pressContinue reading “Africa is managing COVID-19 very well so far”

Will the coronavirus pandemic help us to solve the climate crisis?

The Cooperative Society NewsletterMay 2020, Issue 22by E.G. Nadeau Will the coronavirus pandemic help us to solve the climate crisis? One’s first tendency is probably to respond, “No way! The pandemic will set back our efforts to reduce carbon in the atmosphere.” But there are several reasons to think that getting the virus under controlContinue reading “Will the coronavirus pandemic help us to solve the climate crisis?”

How have we been doing lately on reducing conflict in the world?

The Cooperative Society NewsletterNovember 2019, Issue 19by E.G. Nadeau The short answer to this question is: There have been minor improvements in the last few years. Let’s review the numbers and a few examples. To provide a longer answer, it is important to distinguish between two kinds of violence: Deaths from armed conflicts, and homicides.Continue reading “How have we been doing lately on reducing conflict in the world?”

Problems with the UN’s 2019 population report

The Cooperative Society Newsletter June 2019, Issue 16 by E.G. Nadeau The United Nations “World Population Prospects 2019” is hot off the press. But it is lukewarm in terms of some key methodological and strategic issues – in particular, long-term trends of overestimating population growth and underestimating people’s willingness to change their reproductive health practices. The reportContinue reading “Problems with the UN’s 2019 population report”