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'Green News Report:' December 11, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Australia goaded into joining UN Green Climate Fund; PLUS: 'Freedom Industries' boss facing accountability in West Virginia chemical spill... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

US Congress Sets Strict Limits on Global Dam Funding

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Congressional criteria reflect the lessons of past experience with large dams. If taken seriously, they will stop the worst project from going forward, and can improve the projects that still get built.

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

New Global Corruption Scores Must Be A Wake Up Call to UN and World Bank

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Frank Vogl

The leading multilateral institutions like to hold meetings on this topic and pontificate and yet their record of helping to reduce corruption in many of the world's poorest countries is lamentable. They continue to enjoy overly cozy relations with thoroughly corrupt governments.

In Broad Fight Against Ebola, Football Stars Can Help

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The World Health Organization reported a global total of more than 16,000 cases and nearly 6,943 deaths. We also expect economic losses in the billions of dollars in the West Africa region, as employees stay home, markets close, and food prices rise. At the same time, we are seeing some hopeful signs.

World Bank: Ebola Outbreak Devastating Economies Of West Africa

Reuters | Posted 02.01.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is taking a heavy toll on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, all of ...

The Road to Paris

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Unless the destructive impacts of global warming are brought to a heel, a "frightening world" lies in wait. That's according to the head of World Bank Jim Yong Kim who unveiled the group's latest climate report over the weekend.

Mission Impossible

Nezir Sinani | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank released a new report on Sunday sounding the alarm that climate change impacts, such as extreme heat events, may now be "unavoidable."

'Green News Report' - November 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: NY Gov. Cuomo blames meteorologists for his failure to prep for deadly ...

World Bank's Consultations a Big Failure

Nezir Sinani | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

In response to civil society outrage in October, World Bank President Kim announced that the consultation process for the new policies will be extended beyond the initial plan, which foresaw conclusion of this process by the end of December.

Detroit's Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2015 | Detroit
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.

10 First-World Problems That Will Put Things In Perspective

BuzzFeed | Nathan W. Pyle | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

I know that many of the “problems” I complain about on social media are experiences only privileged people would know. This year for Thanksgiving,...

A US-China Breakthrough for the Planet -- and New Economic Growth

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The costs to cities, coastlines and crops, as well as to the health and livelihoods of thousands, are mounting. China and the United States show the necessary determination to build a future based on low emissions through clean energy and livable cities because it makes sense for the environment and economies.

How Not to Measure Poverty

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Poverty is a combination of many things, none of which is reducible to a few quantifiable dollars. It is also about human experiences, feelings, relations with others, humiliations, exclusion and of course lack of basic economic needs.

Why Fossil Fuels Are Dirty Politics as Well as Dirty Energy

Carl Pope | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Why is it that extracting coal, oil and natural gas so often ends up being at odds with the rule of law and the premises of democracy? Is Richard Berman right -- does the industry have a choice between winning dirty and losing clean?

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

"REpower Kosovo"

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As Kosovo positions itself to join the European Union in the near future, the country's energy profile bears great importance.

World Bank Funding To Fight Ebola Hits $500 Million

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact

GENEVA, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The World Bank pledged $100 million on Thursday to help recruit more foreign health workers in the fight against Ebola, t...

Groups Pledge $8 Billion For Horn Of Africa To End Poverty

AP | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The European Union and several regional development banks are announcing new levels of financial support for the Horn of Afric...

Caution: Slippery Loan Ahead!

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered many losses and damage this spring when both countries were hit hard by the heaviest rain in 120 years of recorded weather measurements.

Education Quality in Latin America Comes Down to Teachers

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 12.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

It seems like almost every day more evidence comes in showing that teachers are the most important single factor when it comes to education quality. While that makes intuitive sense, it is also critical to have empirical evidence to support it.

Civil Society Walks Out On the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

As the World Bank Group (and the IMF) shareholders convened the other week in Washington, DC for their annual meetings, one lesser-known issue grabbed the spotlight -- the new environmental and social policies.

It's Time for Youth and Governments to Fall in Love

Ravi Kumar | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Ravi Kumar

Throughout history, young people have used protests to hold governments accountable. Now, their roles in governments are front and center.

The World Bank Must Commit to Food Security

Dan Imhoff | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Dan Imhoff

Much will be said about bringing roads, electricity and infrastructure to underdeveloped regions. But how committed is the World Bank to the planet as a whole when it is doling out its loans?

Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty?

Justin Guay | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

All signs point to the fact that Dr. Kim is serious when he talks about innovation and that he truly cares about ending poverty. If that's truly the case, it's time he stood up and declared a new day at the Bank; one where those taken seriously are the innovators -- not defenders of the status quo.