Global Development

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Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism: drivers of poverty reduction and shared prosperity

Today, we celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites. This year, the day focuses on <b>Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism</b>, which …

Sustainable Tourism

In Case You Missed It: New Studies Tie Extreme Haze in China to Climate Change : Earth Matters : Blogs

<i>Haze over northeastern China on January 14, 2013. Image by NASA Earth Observatory, using data Terra MODIS data from LANCE MODIS Rapid Response.</i><p>In the …

Climate Change

Global Warming Is Turning Antarctica Green, Study Says

Parts of Antarctica are starting to see more greenery as temperatures rise, a new study says.<p>"We identified significant changepoints in all sites and …

Climate Change

Infrastructure Development in Asia: 12 Things to Know

Infrastructure in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific has improved rapidly but remains far from adequate. More than 400 million Asians still …

Asia

The Business Opportunity in Food Waste

One in nine people globally are undernourished, yet more than a billion tons of the food gets wasted. If that sounds like a business idea, you're right.<p>In places where supply and demand don't match up, there may be a business opportunity. If demand for a product outpaces supply, a savvy …

Sustainability

Solid Waste Management

<b>Results</b><p>Since 2000, the World Bank has committed over $4.5 billion to more than 300 solid waste management programs in all six regions of World Bank …

Geography

Savings groups lead to increased financial inclusion and women's empowerment, new three-country study finds

Savings groups popular in rural areas of developing countries - in which people pool money for saving and borrowing - empower women, increase …

Ecology

300 Sustainable Solutions To Turn Global Challenges Into Business Opportunities

The Global Opportunity Explorer connects businesses to cutting-edge ideas for solving the world’s problems—and the big profits that come with those solutions.<p>For every threat to the planet, there’s an opportunity for a company to step in with solutions. For every risk to humanity, there’s a …

Sustainability

Demonetization brought out the best in Indian microfinance clients

In late 2016, many presumed Indian microfinance institutions would be adversely affected by India’s sudden demonetization law. Surprisingly, events …

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): 12 Things to Know

• The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was established in August 1967 with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by Indonesia, Malaysia, …

Economics

The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security.

Climate change is more than melting ice caps and swamped islands. The environmental effects of climate change — droughts, floods and severe weather, for instance — have increasingly put more people on the move.<p>In 2015, the U.N. Refugee Agency counted 65.3 million people around the world as …

Climate Change

Trade and environment - The multilateral trading system and climate change: introduction

Climate change is the biggest sustainable development challenge the international community has had to tackle to date. Measures to address climate …

Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development

As the world works to achieve the sustainable development goals, a recent UN report identifies six issues that challenge ambitious targets<p>We are approaching two years into implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda – a historic agreement to end poverty, combat inequalities, promote peaceful and …

Geography

New Mathematical Equation Shows How Fast Humans Are Wrecking Earth

By Robin ScherIt is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed …

Climate Change

Developing Asia's 2017 growth seen as weakest in 16 years: ADB

MANILA (Reuters) - Developing Asia is on track to post its slowest annual growth in 16 years this year as it adjusts to China's rebalancing and possible spillovers from global policy uncertainty, the Asian Development Bank said.<p>The Manila-based lender kept at 5.7 percent this year's growth forecast …

Historic Verdict in Indonesia’s Fight Against Deforestation

This article takes an in-depth look at vitamin D's effects on weight loss.<p><b>What Is Vitamin D?</b><p>Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that you can get from …

Environment

Middle East and North African Diaspora Provide More than Just Money

<b>Engaging diaspora can unlock untapped human capital particularly in times of crisis</b><p><b>WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017</b>— Diaspora from the Middle East and …

Africa

What Does Climate Change Mean for Asia’s Future Infrastructure?

Article | 21 March 2017<p>Asia needs to invest $1.7 trillion a year in infrastructure to maintain growth—16% of the funds are needed for climate …

‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat global warming

A plan to halve carbon emissions every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years, provides a simple but rigorous roadmap to tackle climate change, scientists say<p>A new “carbon law”, modelled on Moore’s law in computing, has been proposed as a roadmap for beating climate change. …

A roadmap for rapid decarbonization

Although the Paris Agreement's goals (<i>1</i>) are aligned with science (<i>2</i>) and can, in principle, be technically and economically achieved (<i>3</i>), alarming …

World Water Day 2017: Theme, key facts and things you can do to save this precious resource

World Water Day is held on 22 March to raise awareness of the importance of freshwater.<p>World Water Day is held on 22 March to help bring attention to …

Water

The SDGs, Domestic Resource Mobilisation and the Poor

By <b>Nora Lustig</b>, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute at Tulane University, …

Cities |

The Taiwanese city of Taoyuan has launched a development plan targeting lifestyle changes and the creation of a renewable energy industry in an …

We don’t need to double world food production by 2050 – here’s why

Meeting both production and environmental goals will be a monumental task, especially in the face of new challenges<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>For decades, American agriculture has been a paragon of productivity, churning out record crops at a steady clip. We have …

For Every $1 Spent On Reducing Food Waste, Companies Save $14

To help curb the billions of tons of food discarded across the globe each year, here's the business case.<p>Compare all the wasted food in the world to the world's nations, and that pile of food would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world. It would also be roughly the size of …

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning?<p>A new study published Monday in <i>Nature</i> …

Sustainability

How Your Company Can Advance Each of the SDGs

Responsible business and investment – rooted in universal principles – will be essential to achieving transformational change through the SDGs. For …

Initiative looks to accelerate pace of tourism startups in Mekong region

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism Initiative announced on Monday the launch of two new groundbreaking accelerators designed to make it easier and …

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia<p>For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are …