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'Green News Report' - July 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big Coal baron says Obama's 'evil', attacks wildly popular new EPA emis...

As the World Bank Turns

Robert Walker | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.

FIFA's Responsibility to World Cup Host Nations

Arnal Dayaratna | Posted 08.20.2014 | Sports
Arnal Dayaratna

The time has come for FIFA and the world to expect a deeper dialogue about how a nation and a powerful multi-national organization can work together to synergistically support each other.

The House Condemns the World's Poorest to Dirty Coal

Nezir Sinani | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As long as Congress commits U.S. taxpayer dollars to the World Bank, it should fight to ensure those funds are not used to finance projects that drive climate change or harm human health.

Kenya, Corruption, and Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Kenya is too important to fail. The government knows it, and so donor governments. So its dependence on foreign aid will also continue. Let us hope that Kenya does not become part of the African Confederation of Failed States.

Kate Sheppard

World Bank Staff Anxious About Major Changes, According To Internal Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal survey of World Bank Group employees obtained by The Huffington Post indicates a significant portion of employees have conce...

Dr. Kim of the World Bank Must Walk the Talk on Climate

Nezir Sinani | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank has not yet addressed climate issues systematically. Most notably, its Safeguard Policy framework does not require climate change risk assessments for Bank projects. This gap in policy has allowed the World Bank to continue financing projects with serious implications for our climate and to essentially ignore the issue completely.

Got Global Governance?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Christopher Holshek

If you want good global governance, you have to provide good global citizenship.

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?

Turkish Coal Tragedy Puts Emphasis on Transition to Clean Energy

Justin Guay | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

In what's being deemed the worst mining disaster in Turkey's history, more than 240 miners have been killed and countless more are still missing. Prior to this tragedy, I sat down with EBRD's Director for Turkey to learn more about one of the international finance world's most surprising transitions beyond coal to becoming a potential clean energy leader.

Bigger Fish to Fry: How About Saving the Oceans?

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

What happens at sea significantly impacts the livelihoods of billions of people on land. As this realization sinks in, the world community is finally coming together to secure the needed financial resources and build the political will necessary for sustainable practices.

UN Millennium Development Targets for Water and Sanitation Will Expire in 2015... So What's Next?

Mackenzie Klema | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Mackenzie Klema

While there is a role for international financial institutions and the private sector in the fight for clean water, there is no justification for international agencies and corporations to continue promoting water privatization.

New Ads Reveal Coal Isn't Cheap in Kosovo

Justin Guay | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

Co-authored with Jeta Xharra, editor in chief of Kosovo's current affairs TV program 'Life in Kosovo' People across Kosovo are banding together to sa...

IFC Won't Support Expansion of Disastrous Tata Mundra Project

Justin Guay | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

The World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and the bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) are at a crossroads -- they can either choose to to be on the right side of human rights and the environment, or they can continue ignoring the facts.

Consensus On Inequality: So What's the Plan?

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

What's becoming clear is that in today's global financial system the rules are rigged in favor of the very rich, and hard working poor families around the globe are finding it impossible to make ends meet.

Vice President Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force On Ukraine Trip

Steve Horn | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDuring his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S....

Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusua...

A Nigerian Lawyer With Cerebral Palsy: My Encounter

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Tobi's life exemplifies the possibility for every child with disability to overcome the limitations of the disability and achieve their life's dreams.

'Smarter' Cities in North Africa

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Smarter cities consider a variety of sectors because urban planning is not just creating "new" and imposing "modern," at the expense of cultural spaces, but preserving what works.

Holding the World Bank Accountable for Reproductive Health Commitments

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

As an advocate for maternal and newborn health, a women who nearly died during childbirth, and a mother of a son and two daughters, I am committed to this issue because I have seen the power of investing in reproductive health, which is not just good politics and sound economics, it is also the right thing to do.

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

How Big Data Is Sparking Social Change

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

Today, with the help of humanitarian data scientists, mission-driven organizations are aiding people living in extreme poverty and enduring the food crises.

If You Could Help End Extreme Poverty, Would You? We Can. Let's Take it On.

Ravi Kumar | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Talent is everywhere, but opportunities are not. That's the conventional belief. Today, after listening to some amazing young people speak about t...

We Are Still Locked in for a Certain Amount of Global Warming

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Analysts now hope that commitment by the world's three largest emitters will pave the way for a strong accord in 2015.