Global Development

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When planning falls short: the challenges of informal settlements

Informal settlements house around one-quarter of the world’s urban population. This means roughly 1 billion urban dwellers live in settlements that …

Design

As Nations Gather in Mexico to Discuss Biological Diversity, Global Habitat Loss Still Rampant Across Much of the Earth

As 196 signatory nations of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) meet this week in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss their progress towards averting the current biodiversity crisis, researchers from a range of universities and NGOs report in the international journal <i>Conservation Letters</i> that …

Life Sciences

47 of the World's Poorest Countries Pledge to Generate Energy With 100% Renewables

Fighting Climate Change<p>In an inspiring initiative to fight global warming and climate change, 47 of the world’s most economically disadvantaged …

Climate Change

2016 Status Report: Business Contribution to Global Climate Action

Assesses the contribution of business-focused initiatives of the Global Climate Action Agenda to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and the …

Climate Change

Implementing the New Urban Agenda needs financially strong cities

<b>About this series</b> <b><br>More blog posts</b><p>Cities around the world face increasingly complex challenges such as rapid urbanization and climate change. …

Cities

25 African Countries Vow to Protect the Environment From Tourism | Motherboard

Resorts and safaris are pleasing to the tourist eye, but they can be a big drain on the environment.<p>Last week, 25 African nations signed an agreement to promote sustainable tourism last week at the COP 22 conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. The list also included Kenya, Seychelles’, the Republic of …

Environment

The cleverest countries on climate change – and what we can learn from them

Virtually every clean energy record in the world has been broken in the past year. The most investment in clean energy ($329 billion in 2015), the …

Environment

Greening Bangkok

Bangkok lies in a flood-prone area, which climate change is now rendering more vulnerable. A flood in 2011, the worst in Thailand’s history, …

Environment

Key Performance Indicators for Eco Cities in the Asia-Pacific Region

<b>Low Carbon Model Towns (LCMT)</b> are being designed and constructed in the Asia-Pacific region based on feasibility studies conducted by the <b>Asia-Pacific</b> …

Cities, Towns, Regions Partner to Achieve Paris GoalsGlobal Climate Action at COP22

<b>Marrakech, 10 November 2016</b> – Cities, towns and regions are making big impacts in implementing their climate commitments by acting locally and …

Innovating with the past: How to create resilience through heritage

<b>Bosai</b> <i>(</i><b>防災</b><b>)</b> means disaster risk reduction or management, and it became our word of reference. As a group of professionals from disaster risk and …

Japan

Making Global Goals Local Business

Next-Generation SDG Solution PlatformsBusiness leaders and change-makers from around the world who demonstrate how business can be a force for …

5 charts that explain the Paris climate agreement

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. The Paris climate agreement is a pact, signed in December 2015 by 195 …

Climate Change

9 stories that tell you everything you need to know about cities

There maybe a little less buzz around it, but as well as marking Halloween, 31st October has also been designated World Cities Day by the United …

Cities

How Many Wind Turbines Would We Need to Power the Planet?

Spoiler: a lot.<p>Wind energy is a deeply underrated resource. Though the US invested $14.5 billion in wind-power projects last year, wind farms still …

Energy

Study, work, retire. Time to scrap the old pattern of working life

The gender gap has been a hot topic in Japan for some time. The country has performed poorly in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report, …

Employment

10 years on from the Stern report: a low-carbon future is the 'only one available'

Economist says green development is the only route to global economic growth and points to China leading the world on climate change action<p>Clean, green development is the sole route to future global economic growth, according to British economist Lord Nicholas Stern, with a continuation of …

Climate Change

Living Planet Report 2016: Still not too late

The WWF's new Living Planet Report is ready for you to read - and for inspiring action. Its findings are heartbreaking, yet also encouraging. Its message is clear: the time to act is now.<p>The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has released its Living Planet Report, a biennial assessment of human …

Two billion more people will live in cities by 2035. This could be good – or very bad

Cities are like magnets. Without a better model for growth, people will still come – but they will live in awful conditions. This year’s Pritzker prize-winning architect presents his legal, financial and design roadmap to a new urban reality<p>This week in Quito as many as 45,000 people have gathered …

Cities

Tourism and Environment Community Projects

<b>Community Projects</b> that draw on the history, traditions and talents unique to your town and region to create new sustainable wealth and economic …

New Approaches Needed to Address Rise of Poor Urban Villages in the Pacific

News Release | 20 October 2016<p>MANILA, PHILIPPINES – New approaches are needed to address the challenge of rising urban dwellers in the Pacific who …

Economic impacts of climate change on global fisheries could be worse than we thought

Marine fisheries have been estimated to support the livelihoods of 10 to 12 per cent of the world’s population and generate an average of $100 …

Cities are key to tackling global challenges. But we need to learn to work better with them

This week, representatives from United Nations member states will gather in Quito, Ecuador for Habitat III to discuss a global agenda around …

Cities

How the food we eat makes climate change worse

The way we produce and eat food must change urgently both to cut the amount of planet-warming emissions produced by agriculture, and to help farmers …

Fostering Sustainable Cities at Habitat III

This week, leaders from more than 190 nations are discussing the future of the world's cities as part of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador. While conversations will focus on many issues surrounding the rapid urbanization of our …

Kigali Amendment reached to cut use of planet-warming HFCs

More than 170 countries negotiated a deal to avoid 'the equivalent of 80 billion tons of carbon dioxide.'<p>Today, more than 170 nations have settled on a plan to cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons (or HFCs), a refrigerant that causes warming in the Earth's atmosphere. Called the Kigali Amendment for …

6 ways climate change is threatening food security — and what we can do about it

Climate change could have a devastating impact on food security around the world.<p>Eliminating hunger and curbing the effects of climate change are both U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which world leaders are committed to achieving by 2030. And, like many SDGs, these two pressing issues …

Food

How Trees Will Save Humanity

Trees are much better at creating clouds and cooling the climate than we thought.<p><i>By Hamish Gordon and Cat Scott, Research Fellows in Amospheric Science at the University of Leeds</i>.<p>The pre-industrial atmosphere contained more particles, and so brighter clouds, than we previously thought. This is the …

Science

What is Habitat III and why does it matter? A beginner's guide to the new urban agenda

Simon Matzinger/Flickr, CC BYNext week, the city of Quito, Ecuador, plays host to the third ever United Nations conference on housing and sustainable …

Habitats