Smallpox vs. air pollution

Since pandemics and climate change are two of the issues we tackle here at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, I found this cartoon, received via a Center for American Progress email, appropriate.  It begs a fairly sad question.  We succeeded in eliminating smallpox, a horrible disease which killed hundreds of millions of people – from pharaohs to kings to commoners –  since ancient times.  Yet we can’t solve air pollution and climate change, problems we’ve created ourselves since the industrial revolution?  Ironic….

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