We all know income inequality is a growing global problem with wide-ranging social/political fallout. But new research conducted by the World Health Organization shows that air pollution inequality is rising worldwide: European and American cities have seen levels of contamination fall recently, but in Asia (especially Southeast Asia) the pollution situation worsens. And air pollution is one of the key determinants of human health and wellbeing.

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AuthorThierry Malleret, Economist and Founder, Monthly Barometer

This recent article at Fast Company takes a look at the many ways that more fashion and beauty retailers—whether Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Madewell, Nordstrom or Barney’s—are moving aggressively into the wellness space. “I wouldn’t call it a trend,” argues Karen Ballouof, CEO of organic skincare brand, Immunocologie. “I don’t see us ever going back.”

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AuthorThierry Malleret, Economist and Founder, Monthly Barometer

Malleret argues—and does a little math—about what a US-China trade war would mean for US tourism and wellness tourism arrivals—if it were to break out. And argues that the extent to which the tourism industry in general, and the wellness travel one in particular, are being overlooked from a US policy point of view is striking.

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AuthorThierry Malleret, Economist and Founder, Monthly Barometer

A Stockholm University and Karolinska Institute survey of 38,000 adults shows that people getting five hours of sleep or less a night have a 65 percent higher mortality rate than those that consistently get 6–8. But that weekend sleep-in seems to cancel out the mortality risk: People who only got a few hours of sleep during the week, but then had a regular long weekend snooze, had no greater risk of early death than those people that consistently slept 6–8 hours a night. The researchers’ conclusion: “Sleep duration is important for longevity.”

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AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI

The GWI has just named Tonia Callender a Research Fellow. She brings deep research expertise to the Institute, having worked with nonprofit research institute SRI International and having consulted for a wide range of international clients. With a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, a law degree from the University of Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Yale University, Callender joins a research team producing a record amount of research over the next year and a half.

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AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI