Preserving the miracle cure

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2019, health secretary Matt Hancock made the case for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to be regarded as a global health emergency, outlining the UK’s 20-year plan to cut the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics and reduce the number of drug-resistant infections.

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What is a circular economy?

The traditional 'take-make-dispose' economic model of production and consumption is inherently problematic. It is heavily dependent on the use of finite resources to satisfy increasing demand for products, leading to production methods and consumer habits that exacerbate problems of resource waste and environmental pollution.

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The UK sugar tax: one year on

It is a year since the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy (commonly referred to as the ‘sugar tax’) was introduced as part of efforts to slow rapid growth in obesity rates. We consider what impact the levy has had on the drinks industry and public health, and what the future holds in terms of further action on sugar, nutrition and health.

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Chris Patten talks at Tablet event hosted by Rathbone Greenbank

On 14 November, Rathbone Greenbank hosted an event organised by The Tablet, the long-established Catholic weekly journal. The evening’s guest speaker was Chris Patten (the Rt Hon. the Lord Patten of Barnes), former Conservative politician and last Governor of Hong Kong, who spoke passionately about his views on identity politics and the dangers of nationalism.

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Just Transition and the care of our common home

In the aftermath of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate published a 2016 report indicating that the transition to sustainable energy would require around $90 trillion of global infrastructural investment over 15 years.

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