PBS NewsHour

May 27, 2023 - PBS News Weekend full episode

Saturday on PBS News Weekend, how the United Nations plans to fix the world’s plastic pollution problem. Then, the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar grows as fighting in the civil war intensifies. Plus, with U.S. maternal mortality rates on the rise, we look at what health services are available to expectant and new mothers.

Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis worsens as civil war ramps up

6m 51s

The United Nations estimates that nearly 18 million people need humanitarian aid as a result of the civil war in Myanmar, now entering its third year. Aye Min Thant, Burmese-American journalist, and Jonathan Head, the BBC’s southeast Asia correspondent, join John Yang to discuss what’s happening.

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  • How the UN aims to sharply reduce plastic pollution by 2040: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How the UN aims to sharply reduce plastic pollution by 2040

    S2023 E147 - 7m 27s

    As plastic waste piles up in the world’s landfills, sewer systems and oceans, the United Nations has set a goal to reduce plastic pollution by 80 percent by the year 2040. Inger Andersen, head of the United Nations Environment Programme, joins William Brangham to discuss the upcoming negotiations over how to realize this goal.

  • How the U.S. is addressing its maternal mortality crisis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How the U.S. is addressing its maternal mortality crisis

    S2023 E147 - 6m 6s

    The U.S. maternal mortality rate continues to steadily increase, with 2021 being one of the worst years on record. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mental health conditions are among the leading causes of pregnancy-related death. Carole Johnson, head of the Health Resources and Services Administration, joins Ali Rogin to discuss what the federal government is doing to help.

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