Posts By Chrissy Donovan

If we apply the air quality standard for particulates adopted by the European Union (20 micrograms per cubic meter), urban air pollution is nearly ubiquitous around the world. Of course, air pollution levels vary widely. In some parts of the world, air pollution might go unnoticed.  In other places, people can be seen wearing face masks.  As travelers, we need…

Releasing a wealth of new data, researchers at Yale and Columbia have ranked 163 countries by their success in meeting ten different environmental goals.  Their report, The 2010 Environmental Performance Index,  is intended to aid policymakers evaluate how well countries are meeting the environmental goals set out in international agreements, but we think “ethical” world travelers would be interested in how…

If you are a regular reader, you know we’ve been hunting for happiness. But sometimes on our travels, if we look closely, we gain insights into deeply rooted cultural sources of unhappiness. We recently introduced our Healthy Planet Index, a ranking of 141 countries that is based on a measure called happy life years—a combination of life expectancy and satisfaction…

Here at HTB we’ve taken an interest in what we’re calling comparative healthcare with an eye toward what we can learn from lifestyles and cultures around the globe.  Now that the healthcare reform debate in Congress is reaching a crescendo, we think it’s a good time to ask this: “How do you measure the effectiveness of a healthcare system?” We…

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