City Action at the 2nd US-China Climate Leaders Summit in Beijing

By Ailun Yang, Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team

This week I had the pleasure of joining Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partners and sixteen U.S. Mayors and city representatives in Beijing, China at the second U.S.—China Climate Leaders Summit. Throughout the two-day Summit, Bloomberg Philanthropies and our partners highlighted the important role cities play in combating climate change through a series of new partnerships, research and initiatives.

Working Together to Restore Our World’s Oceans

By Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies

The world’s oceans are as beautiful as they are important.  As a diver for more than 25 years, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact poor management has had on our oceans. The mysterious and beautiful world below the oceans’ surface plays a critical role in our global economy and food supply, but is under threat.

China’s Green Finance Opportunity

By Antha N. Williams, Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team

As representatives from Chinese and U.S. cities gather in Beijing to announce new ways of working together to combat climate change, “green finance” will be high on the agenda. With innovation and the right mechanisms, cities can attract new private capital for China’s green projects.

Follow the Data Podcast: Episode 2 featuring the Brooklyn Museum

In the second episode of Follow the Data – a podcast about how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation – we take a deeper dive into the work of Bloomberg Connects partner the Brooklyn Museum to see how they are transforming the visitor experience through technology.

Statement by Dr. Kelly Henning on UK Court Decision to Strike Down Tobacco Industry Challenge on Plain Packaging

“Today the UK High Court ruled in favor of public health by dismissing tobacco industry claims that challenged the 2015 UK law that required tobacco products be sold in plain packaging. Bloomberg Philanthropies supports this ruling and applauds the UK court for paving the way for implementation of UK plain packaging, tomorrow, May 20th. The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use focuses on evidence based tobacco policies and works to promote public awareness of tobacco’s harms. This ruling is an important step in the accelerating movement by countries to include plain packaging in their comprehensive tobacco control strategies and to raise awareness about the massive health harms of tobacco use.”

“It can be done!”

By Vital Strategies

With the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2008 and the Fondation H&B Agerup in 2012, Vital Strategies – formerly known as the World Lung Foundation – set out to upgrade rural Tanzanian health centers to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care (CEmONC). At that time, CEmONC services were only available at hospitals, located hours away for most rural women experiencing potentially life-threatening obstetric complications.  Vital Strategies trained non-physician clinicians (known globally as ‘associate clinicians’) in obstetric surgery and anesthesia, built operating theaters, set facilities up with equipment, supplies and medications and provided mentoring, supervision and continuing medical education to health providers.

12 Instagram Accounts That Think of Our Planet All Year Round

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment program brings together a wide range of partners, including cities, businesses, public health advocates and citizen’s groups, to address some of the most serious threats to our environment. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite environmentally-friendly @instagram accounts to keep you in the know on just a few of the initiatives impacting our Earth. Don’t forget to follow us on @BloombergDotOrg to learn more about these organizations and how we’re supporting their causes.

Transforming Data Into Action – Why it Matters

Beth Blauer, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence

In 2003 I was working as a juvenile probation officer in suburban Washington, DC. I was an intake worker responsible for deciding if children who were accused of breaking the law should be referred for prosecution, should be detained in a detention facility, or could go home with their family while receiving services or awaiting trial. At the time, these decisions were based on a 30-minute interview with the family and a police report. I had no idea whether the child had been in school that day, whether there was a social worker involved in that family’s life, whether there was food in the house. The information was limited and if you tried to find more, you were faced with endless barriers and systemic excuses. It was an injustice that was deeply troubling and one that I would ultimately focus my career on unraveling.

Launching Our New Podcast Series “Follow the Data”

Starting today, podcast fans and listeners on-the-go can download our new show: “Follow the Data” – a podcast about how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation.

How India Got Its Good Samaritan Law

By Piyush Tewari, Founder & CEO, SaveLIFE Foundation

The death of a loved one always comes with shock, but that shock ceases to fade when it could have been prevented. Nearly 150,000 people in India are killed each year in road crashes, many of them dying from treatable injuries. The Law Commission of India states that 50 percent of deaths in road crashes in India can be averted if victims were to get even basic care on time. With over one million road crash deaths in India in the past decade alone, this translates to half-a-million people whose lives could have been saved. In the absence of an established Emergency Medical Services system, bystanders and passersby can play a crucial role in saving lives. Yet, in India, they don’t – mostly out of fear of police harassment and prolonged court cases.