Global Development

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As threats grow, expanding cities push for stronger, safer societies

Cities

A world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer

A HUNDRED-DOLLAR BILL is lying on the ground. An economist walks past it. A friend asks the economist: “Didn’t you see the money there?” The …

Economics

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Imagine a city destroyed by a natural disaster, killing people and wiping away infrastructure. For instance, an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, …

Cultural Heritage

No One Can Agree on What to Call People Displaced by Climate Change

The legal definition of a certain set of asylum-seekers worldwide is blocking access to lifesaving aid.<p>Climate change is coming for everyone, but the first people it will come for are the poor. The areas hit hardest and soonest will be tropical low and middle-income countries, which also happen to …

Climate

The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development

The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication …

Sustainable Development Goals

11 facts about world population you might not know

Every year, the world’s population is expanding by 83 million people. Right now, there are around 7.6 billion people in the world. By 2050, there …

Population

The Ozone Hole Is Slowly Healing - But This Chemical Could Delay Its Recovery by Decades

We've screwed up again.<p>While the famous Antarctic "ozone hole" is finally beginning to heal, 30 years after it was first discovered, scientists have …

Climate Change

UN Secretary-General Issues Second SDG Progress Report

The UN Secretary-General has issued the 2017 Sustainable Development Goals progress report, reviewing areas of global progress and shortfallings …

Sub-Saharan Africa

New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly<p>As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much …

Global Warming

Changing the Environmental Trajectory to Build Sustainable Cities in Africa

The Nakivubo wetland, one of several large wetland systems within and around the Ugandan city of Kampala, is severely degraded. The volumes of …

Sustainability

The Potential of the Blue Economy : Increasing Long-term Benefits of the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources for Small Island Developing States and Coastal Least Developed Countries

Abstract<p>This report was drafted by a working group of United Nations entities, the World Bank, and other stakeholders to suggest a common …

Developing Countries

Mangroves, coral reefs could cut flood insurance premiums: Lloyd's

LONDON (Reuters) - Natural coastal habitats such as mangroves, coral reefs and salt marshes protect communities more effectively against coastal storms than seawalls, and insurers should consider this when pricing flood risk, Lloyd's of London said.<p>Investment to conserve natural habitats also makes …

Flood Insurance

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sustainability

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

New Mathematical Equation Shows How Fast Humans Are Wrecking Earth

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

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 …

Central Asia

Historic Verdict in Indonesia’s Fight Against Deforestation

In a historic verdict in defense of forests and human rights, a court in Central Kalimantan has ordered the government of the Indonesian province to …

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