Global Development

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Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

Goal to limit warming to 1.5C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change was seen as unreachable, but updated research suggests it could be met if strong action is taken<p>The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows.<p>The 1.5C …

Climate

Mighty Mangroves of the Philippines: Valuing Wetland Benefits for Risk Reduction & Conservation

Mangroves are weeds; if you give them half a chance they grow in some of the most inhospitable environments; with their knees in seawater and their …

Environment

Recycling is changing: What business needs to know

Understanding demographic shifts is just one way to ensure a successful recycling program.

Recycling

Island states need better data to manage climate losses

<b>Loss and damage – an emerging issue in climate negotiations – is not just a future threat to highly vulnerable small island developing states (SIDS):</b> …

Climate Change

How fixing this appliance can save the world

To heal a warming world, we may have to re-learn how to get cool.<p>If you were under the impression that air conditioning has much less environmental …

Climate

Why mangroves matter for the resilience of coastal communities

In 2006, I was working in Aceh, Indonesia (with the Red Cross), a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Amongst other post-disaster …

Conservation

​Three challenges we must overcome to secure the future of food

Governments, countries and academics must work together to safeguard food systems for the future<p>Nothing has a greater environmental impact than our food system, including agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and hunting. It drives massive biodiversity loss and deforestation; leads to water stress in …

Climate

A Journey To The New Heart Of Urbanization In China

<i>How A Planned City Creates Opportunities In China's Mainland Markets</i><p><i>By Brendan Ahern and Grant DePoyster</i><p><i>The migration of people from rural to urban</i> …

China

The Long Game: How Developing Countries Can Get Microfinance Right

A Myanmar farmer, a client of a microfinance project worker, minds ducks at a village near the town of Pyapone in the Irrawaddy delta region. Microfinance initiatives — which provide small, low-cost loans to the poor — are seen by experts as a way to help alleviate poverty in one of the world’s …

FinTech

Sustainable Tourism… for Development? | Anthropology

Not a day goes by without being confronted, one way or the other, with the multiple environmental, societal, and economic challenges that our planet …

Global Tracking Framework 2017 - Progress Toward Sustainable Energy

Key findings from the GTF:<p><b>Electrification:</b><p>In 2014, access to electricity globally climbed to 85.3 percent, up only slightly from 85.0 percent in …

Renewable Energy

SDG Indicators

Global Database<p>Welcome to the dissemination platform of the Global SDG Indicators Database. This platform provides access to data compiled through …

Skill, re-skill and re-skill again. How to keep up with the future of work

The jobs market is well into the 21st century. So why isn’t our education system?<p>Today’s jobs are vastly different than they were a generation ago. …

World Economic Forum

Challenging Today to Create Tomorrow: A guide to thinking about the future

The WBCSD’s Vision 2050 sets out a definition of a sustainable global society: a world where 9 billion people live well within the resource limits of …

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

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 …

Geography

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 …

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