Global Development

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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 …

Sustainable Development

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 …

Anthropocene

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

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 …

South-east Asia

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 …

Climate Change

‘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. …

Sea Level

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 help bring attention to a crisis faced by millions around the globe – limited access to fresh, clean water. …

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, …

Economics

Cities |

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

Cities

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> …

Agriculture

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 …

Food Security

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 …

Climate Change

3 solar innovations to watch

Solar costs have already dropped precipitously. But what's next?<p>Late last year, Bloomberg reported on a remarkable turning point: Solar is becoming …

‘Africa is tired of being in the dark’: bank chief on plans to boost energy

At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change<p>“We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, …

Renewable Energy

Startup-Kultur: Immigrants are bringing entrepreneurial flair to Germany

Startup-KulturImmigrants are bringing entrepreneurial flair to Germany<p>While native Germans are growing less eager to start businesses, new arrivals …

Germany

Giant net turns fog into drinking water in Morocco

The CloudFisher can harvest up to 36,000 liters of water for 800 people per day<p>Ever notice the droplets of water that collect onto spider webs? So did Peter Trautwein, a volunteer engineer with the German Water Foundation and the creator of a rad new water-harvesting device. The ultra …

Citizen data can play a key role in monitoring the SDGs — by following a few rules

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that came into effect last year hold the promise of improving the lives of poor and marginalised …

Asia Pacific

New Action Platforms to Achieve the SDGs

To achieve the ambitious and necessary goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact has a portfolio of Action …

Governance

The Beginner's Guide to the Year of Sustainable Tourism

Pin<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>+1<p>Flip<p>Stumble<p>Shares 250<p>Join the community & get practical resources for responsible travel, tips for authentic and respectful travel …

Sustainability

The SDGs Explained for Business

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next …

Education and skills foster health and well-being, but why is this a problem?

<b>by Dirk Van Damme<br>Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education and Skills</b><p>Knowing, for example, that tobacco is …