Note from the Editor
2011 has so far been a year of calamitous change with uprisings across the Middle East and a devastating tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. It is against the backdrop of these events that our contributors tackle some of the most pressing issues that we face in global health, development, governance and energy security today.
The fourth issue of A Global Village sees a focus on the potential for IT in healthcare and the impending threat posed by antimicrobial resistance, and we look at the impact of social networks on social change and epidemiology. On the energy front, we ask: why has the so-called low-carbon transition stalled in the UK, and how might technologies such as solar power and biofuels play a part in a future global low-carbon energy mix? We also caught Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency, for an exclusive interview and asked him about the impact of rising oil prices on the global economy, and the critical role of the US and China in combating climate change.
The team at A Global Village has also been busy hosting events including a timely debate on the future of nuclear energy and a lively discussion on the role of intellectual property law in global health with panelists from academia, industry and government – see pages 60/61 for more.
Finally, many thanks go to Prof. Alan Fenwick OBE, Director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, the Boston Consulting Group and the IC Trust for their support of this project – without you we would not be able do what we love to do!
Neave O'Clery is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Global Village