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World Bank's New Climate Strategy: Don't Call It a Coal Plant!

Justin Guay | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Looking for ways the World Bank may actually make this better? It's quite obvious: The project's contract explicitly requires a coal plant after four years. Why bother to analyze low carbon alternatives if you are contractually obliged to build a coal plant?

Why the World Bank Must Divest From Fossil Fuels

Daphne Wysham | Posted 12.06.2012 | Green
Daphne Wysham

What about the remaining 56 percent of World Bank energy lending, most of it still devoted to fossil fuels? Is this what the Bank calls "stepping up to the challenge" of climate change?

CNN Hero Of The Year 2012 Rescues Nepali Children From Prison

Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact

When Pushpa Basnet, 29, visited a Nepali prison as a social work student she knew she had to act fast. "I saw a small 8-month-old child. I could n...

A 4 Degrees Celsius Rise?

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

The warmest July in the Mediterranean will be around 9 degrees warmer than it is today, making it as hot as parts of the Libyan desert. And, water scarcity and devastated crop yields will exacerbate global hunger, making the food riots of 2008 seem quite tame indeed.

Confronting the Reality of a Rapidly Warming World

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

Scientific evidence of human-caused global warming is unequivocal. Given that it took little more than 4 degrees of cooling to create the last Ice Age, it would be hard to overstate how 4 degrees of warming could reshape our world by the end of this century.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Climate Reports Forecast Dire Future, Even If Action Is Taken

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Green

In the absence of aggressive government policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, a number of leading organizations, including the United Na...

Is There a New Consensus on Development Policy?

Raj Nallari | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Raj Nallari

The resounding success of this event led us to believe that Korea should continue to take the lead in organizing global and regional events as a series on Frontiers in Development Policy under the Korea Knowledge Sharing Program.

The World Bank's Shocking, Cautionary Tale on Climate Change

Kelly Rigg | Posted 01.18.2013 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Like the Ghost of Christmas Future, the World Bank has just provided us with a frightening glimpse into our world-to-be if, unlike Scrooge, we fail to change our ways.

One Place The MIddle Class Is Actually Growing

Reuters | Anna Yukhananov | Posted 01.13.2013 | Business

* 40 pct of people moved to higher class over past decade * 'Vulnerable' class now the most common * Latin America only ...

World Bank President Says He Sees More Hope In Haiti Than Ever Before

AP | TRENTON DANIEL | Posted 11.08.2012 | Impact

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- It was a whirlwind tour for World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who helicoptered from the grounds of the demolished National P...

Are We On the Right Track?

Valerie Berset-Price | Posted 12.06.2012 | World
Valerie Berset-Price

I applaud the concept of a unified region in the Middle East that would promote economic growth to millions of people in need. But it is once again an effort from the West to push a region to emulate its trading pattern. The West is not in the same turmoil as the MENA region.

Africa Rising

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivanley Noisette

Recently I attended the Africa Brain Trust 2012 forum entitled "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity," which concentrated on reinforcing support for promising development-aid strategies, providing a networking venue for interested professionals and encouraging foreign investment.

The Innovate America Initiative: Nurturing Innovation and Fueling Job Creation

Jeffrey Adduci | Posted 12.29.2012 | Small Business
Jeffrey Adduci

It is this underlying capitalistic drive to create and benefit from economic enterprise that motivates entrepreneurs to move out of their garages and into factories, and to take their corner store and replicate it around the world.

Empowering Girls, Enriching Developing Nations

Joelle Wyser-Pratte | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Joelle Wyser-Pratte

What often goes overlooked is the financial opportunity that many countries sacrifice by not encouraging girls to receive an education and doing everything in their power to help girls go to school.

Sendai: A Tale of Natural Disaster, Resilience and Recovery

Christine Lagarde | Posted 12.15.2012 | Business
Christine Lagarde

Natural disasters, unfortunately, will always be with us. And the cost and number of people affected by disasters continues to rise. But this visit to Sendai is a valuable opportunity for me and the others who participated in the Sendai Dialogue to learn how we can strengthen our defenses.

Political Dysfunction Threatens Global Economy

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business

Thing One: Talking Heads: The good news is that the global economy is not yet ablaze. The bad news is that there is a heap of oily rags smoldering in ...

World Bank Support for "Development" by Force

Jessica Evans | Posted 12.11.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

Abuses inEthiopia, including arbitrary arrests, beatings and killings, have been occurring not in an armed conflict or political uprising, but as part of a government program billed as improving life for indigenous people and other ethnic minorities in designated rural areas.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

Freida Pinto | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Freida Pinto

Resources, leadership and long-term commitments are necessary to close persistent gender gaps and improve the rights and well-being of millions of girls around the world.

We Need An Insane Amount Of Jobs

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2012 | Business

* Growth in jobs can still leave citizens living in poverty * More jobs for women drive education, health gains * More j...

Like a Hummingbird -- From Chile to Mongolia

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.27.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Increased cross-learning and cooperation among developing countries has been a remarkable feature of the global economy in recent decades.

Bulgaria Pioneers New Approach To Ranking Universities

| Tom Marshall | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Petar Stanchev is the kind of student Bulgaria needs to keep. Last year...

Queen Rania of Jordan Calls for "Another Revolution in Arab World"

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Neil Parmar

Some of the world's top leaders in government and business convened this week, calling for educational reform in the Middle East and North Africa to help tackle rampant joblessness in the region.

Agencies Warn Of 'Worsening' Palestinian Fiscal Crisis

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A gathering crisis in the Palestinian economy will worsen unless foreign funding increases and Israel eases...

Poverty Down! Inequality & Hunger Up... Huh?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Frances Moore Lappe

Given that the poor spend at least half their income on food and global food prices have hit historic highs, how is it possible that poverty is truly decreasing?

We Must Win the Real World Hunger Games

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.30.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Everyone who engages in the business of growing, storing, packaging and selling food is being called on to creatively adapt to the tremendous food security challenges that are staring us in the face. That means we must all hunker down, collaborate and innovate to win the real world hunger games.