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The Climate Post: U.S. Energy Production Linked to Earthquakes

Tim Profeta | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

As U.S. production of crude oil continues to grow, new studies in the journal Science say the very methods used to extract the resource could be behin...

Meeting Goals to End Extreme Poverty Is Possible -- But Only When We Focus on Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Bill Reese | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

We simply cannot eradicate extreme poverty without embracing broad-based and inclusive economic growth that directly focuses on youth and jobs. Here's why.

Young People Use Tech to End Violence Against Women in Nepal

Ravi Kumar | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

There were thunderstorms. There was a strike. And there was the hackathon to end violence against women -- all happening on the same day in Kathmandu, Nepal.

World Bank to Stop Funding Coal Projects

Jake Schmidt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The World Bank Group has just agreed to stop funding coal projects. This is welcome news as the World Bank Group has funded almost $6 billion in coal projects over the past five years.

World Bank, Coal, and the Right Side of History

Justin Guay | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

The World Bank's proposal to end coal financing reflects 21st century realities - severe public health and climate change impacts associated with coal...

What Booming Philippines Can Learn From Turkey, Brazil Protests: Centrality of Inclusive Growth and Manufacturing

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The explosion in spontaneous protests should serve as a sobering reminder for rising economies such as the Philippines to avoid the mistakes of their more successful and prominent peers if they wish to move towards democratic deepening and full-fledged developed country status in the coming decades.

365 Days of Jim Yong Kim

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

In his first year at the helm of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim has put together a vision for wiping out extreme poverty and fighting inequality by 2030, begun to shift the Bank's health policy, and threw the Bank's influence behind ambitious efforts to combat climate change.

Alarmism At World Bank Endangers Poverty Reduction

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

A World Bank report details pretty much all bad things it can conjure from rising heat. It seems unwilling to list anything but worst case outcomes riding on the back of worst case scenarios.

USA Closed for Overseas Coal Business

Justin Guay | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Phillip Bump at The Atlantic Wire summed up yesterday's climate speech by the president nicely: "Less Coal, Finally." From throwing his weight behind ...

A Day of Service and a Call to Action

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

In our increasingly globalized world, the value of public service is higher than ever, and its impact more widespread. As illustrated by its title alo...

Dr. Kim's Deadly New Coal Plant?

Justin Guay | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

That's a headline I never imagined I'd write. Those who follow the World Bank have grown painfully accustomed to ample rhetoric followed by limited re...

We Can Still Avoid a Climate Catastrophe

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Aaron Gray-Block

In reading these gloomy and dire predictions through, it's possible to think that the catastrophic future described by the World Bank is inevitable. This is far from the truth - there is still time to turn the tide and keep global warming within manageable limits.

Report Highlights Climate-Poverty Link

AP | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The World Bank says it will increasingly view its efforts to help developing countries fight poverty through a "climate lens." ...

How Free Trade Might Be the World's Best Option

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Business
Bjørn Lomborg

British Prime Minister David Cameron has rightly put free trade on the top of the G8 agenda. It is possibly one of the best ways we could help the world foster economic prosperity and development.

World Bank Employing Youth Engagement Strategies

Ravi Kumar | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Students in a technical education program supported by the World Bank in Antioquia, Colombia. Last week I spoke at YouthTalks, the annual flagship ...

Why Development in the 21st Century Must Be Centered on Nature and Local Communities

Jean-Michel Sévérino | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Jean-Michel Sévérino

If the world is to achieve sustainable development, it must place conservation at the core of poverty alleviation and economic growth policies.

A Great Lakes Roadmap for Peace -- and Development

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Several officials in the DRC told the Secretary-General and me the same line: "We are a rich country with the poorest people." What they didn't say was that the DRC is a rich country with people thirsty for peace.

Kerry's Financial Plan for Palestine Unlikely to work

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

During the Israeli reoccupation of major Palestinian cities in 2002, the Israeli army took over the building that was housing Al Quds University's Edu...

World Bank Whistleblower Reveals Massive Corruption

Kevin Lawton | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Kevin Lawton

You need to know about this woman! Former Senior Counsel to the World Bank, Karen Hudes, unleashed recent interviews that should shatter any remainin...

Grand Inga -- The World Bank's Latest Silver Bullet for Africa

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

Close to 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live in a state of permanent power outage. The Grand Inga Dam would divert the Congo River near its mouth and meet the electricity needs of more than 500 million people.

In Africa's Great Lakes Region, Peace Dividend Must Follow Peace Deal

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Africa's Great Lakes region can silence the guns, boost trust and trade between neighbors, educate millions of out-of-school children, empower women, and create economic opportunities that will help the countries forge a path to prosperity, good governance, and lasting stability.

Eating As Though the Environment Mattered

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

Every time we eat meat, it's as though we're throwing away 6-20 calories worth of grains and legumes for every calorie we take in. Plus, we're contributing to exponentially more water use, desertification, air pollution, global warming, global poverty, and more.

My Country Is Not A Lost Cause

Ravi Kumar | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Ravi Kumar

In the late 1990s, my parents and neighbors used to talk about how our fellow Nepalis were killing each other, or how our government was unstable, or ...

Why GDP Growth Won't Fix Our Poverty Problem

Michael Shank | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The financial institutions' focus on generating economic growth without ensuring the concomitant increase in jobs, and the inequality this generates, is partly to blame for the waning public support for global economic integration.

Shared Prosperity Needs More Face to Face Engagement, Not Just Online

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

I am not saying that they do not exist, but one may wonder why the UAE, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, and Jordan did not have civil society organization representatives participating.