Global Development

By GDRC | Global Development | News relevant to the programmes and initiatives of the Global Development Research Center (GDRC), a non-profit think-tank based in Kobe, Japan.

How we can tackle our plastic problem, according to the UN's Head of Environment

Plastic has been nothing short of miraculous. In our kitchens and supermarkets, it’s helped cut down on food waste. It’s the source of medical …

Pollution

7 key trends all sustainability execs should watch

A new Forum for the Future report sets out the risks and opportunities amid climate and technological disruption.

Sustainability

'Sinking' Pacific nation is getting bigger: study

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu—long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels—is actually growing in size, new …

Climate Change

Is it possible for everyone to live a good life within our planet’s limits?

Imagine a country that met the basic needs of its citizens – one where everyone could expect to live a long, healthy, happy and prosperous life. Now …

Sustainability

Seize these 10 business opportunities to get the U.N. Global Goals back on track

These U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are off target for 2030. But 3D printing, the blockchain and upcycling and other solutions can close the gap.

Sustainability

This is what China's overfishing problem looks like

Captured here are 4,000 fish, from 40 species, all caught at Chinese fishing ports. The three largest ones in the centre represent the most popular …

SDG Industry Matrix

Showcases industry-specific examples and ideas for corporate action related to the SDGs. Presented in a series of publications, each matrix …

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and …

Climate Change

Here's proof Earth's ozone hole is recovering

There's more evidence that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is recovering and that humans' efforts are making a difference.<p>Thanks to a …

Circular Economy — the future of Disruptive Design – Muzli -Design Inspiration

Circular Economy — the future of Disruptive Design<p>With the Industrial Revolution, we set our eyes on the prize, that being money. So it doesn’t come …

Sustainability

Comparing urban air pollution

Pollution in cities by hour of the day<p>Nitrogen dioxide<br>• Particulate matter<br>• Air quality<p>GAUGING the severity of air pollution can be a tricky task for …

Year in Review: 2017 in 12 Charts

<b>© World Bank</b><p>How to sum up 2017? The global economy improved but there were plenty of unsettling and upsetting events and trends. Catastrophic storms …

Geography

8 Common Materials You May Not Have Realized Are Sustainable

Sustainability. A word that, for many of us, has been driven into our minds from the very start of our careers as architects. We have a …

Energy Efficiency

<b>Challenge and Opportunity</b><p>Energy efficiency—including residential, industrial and municipal energy savings—is central to achieving the energy and …

World Economy

Leading Digital Transformation Is Like Urban Planning

Most companies want their businesses to keep pace with digital startups, but end up bogged down by the need to fix the daily challenges that their decades-old IT systems create. How do you redesign and rebuild major infrastructure while keeping the day-to-day work going? This kind of challenge is …

Asia's Cities Could Save the Planet

New urbanites need greener buildings to live and work in.<p>The world’s cities will add 2.5 billion more residents by 2050, more than half of them in Asia. The effect of this great migration on climate change will depend in part on what kind of homes, factories and office buildings they live and work …

Green Living

China is fighting flooding with 'sponge cities'

<b>SPONGE CITIES</b><p>China is taking the repercussions of climate change seriously. One consequence of our warming world is increasingly frequent and more …

Sustainability

New IUCN report on lessons for implementing Eco-DRR in 6 countries

<b><br>PEDRR Shoutout:<br>IUCN releases EPIC report – Solutions from Nature</b><p>IUCN has released a new report called ‘Ecosystems protecting infrastructure and …

How the Internet of Things and Smart Cities can help meet the SDGs

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>As cities grow, they also need to ensure …

Smart Cities

15,000 Scientists Just Said Humanity Is Pretty Much Doomed

Work day got you down? Looking for a mid-week pick-me-up or a respite from the dumpster fire that is 2017?This isn't it.More than 15,000 scientists …

Climate Change

The killer responsible for more yearly deaths than AIDS, malaria and TB combined

A MAJOR study published last month in the Lancet, a British medical journal, found that there is a global killer responsible for more yearly deaths than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined: pollution.<p>The problem is pervasive, affecting every country on the planet. It is expensive, costing the …

Pollution

Droughts wipe out enough to feed 81 mln people - World Bank

"This is an example of a poverty trap"<p>By Alex Whiting<p>ROME, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Droughts wipe out enough produce to feed 81 million …

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Depok: The Front Line in Indonesia’s Fight Against Waste

<i>In a country infamous for being the second-biggest contributor of plastic waste to the oceans, a city in West Java has achieved a close to 100</i> …

Sustainability

The Ten Principles

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a …

Rights & Freedoms

Regreening the planet could impact carbon levels as much as ending oil use

Carbon Emissions<p>As the world becomes increasing aware of how human activity contributes to global warming, more countries are putting forth efforts …

El Niño

The true cost of a plate of food: $1 in New York, $320 in South Sudan

Research reveals the stark inequality that drives the global hunger crisis, with the poorest people paying more than they earn in a day for a single meal<p>The world’s poorest pay more than a day’s wages for a single plate of food, according to a report from the World Food Programme, which reveals …

Agriculture

Plant more trees to combat climate change: scientists

OSLO (Reuters) - Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday.<p>Natural climate solutions, also including protection of carbon-storing peat lands and …

Sustainable enterprises and jobs – World Employment and Social Outlook 2017

The <i>World Employment and Social Outlook 2017: Sustainable enterprises and jobs</i> provide figures and analysis on small and medium sized enterprises …

Economic Development

Ozone layer under attack again says new study

It is expected to prevent 280 million cases of skin cancer, approximately 1.6 million skin cancer deaths, and more than 45 million cases of cataracts …