Soyfields in Argentina, sustainable agriculture projects in South America have been struck down by the UK (Photo: Alfonso/Wikipedia) Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’ — the rich are ‘renegotiating’ the Paris climate deal by trying to limit access for middle income countries to climate finance, it has been claimed
November 20, 2017 — Rich countries are blocking climate finance projects in middle income countries without justification, a powerful developing world group has claimed.
Continue reading Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’ RECURRING PROBLEM. In this file photo, residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, wade the knee-high flood in Veterans Village. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler This comes as the Metro Manila Flood Management Master Plan is expected to be fully implemented in 25 years
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 1, 2017) — Will modernizing pumping stations fix the problem of heavy flooding in the Metro Manila?
Continue reading WB, AIIB commit P21 billion to manage Metro Manila floods LNG plants on Curtis Island. ‘The whole project was built on over-inflated forecasts,’ an analyst has said of the Santos devaluation. Photograph: Matthew Abbott for the Guardian Santos wipes more than $1bn from its LNG plant in Queensland – just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation
August 15, 2017 — Australia’s natural gas export boom, which is causing soaring gas prices and pushing up carbon emissions, appears to be rapidly shedding value.
Continue reading Australia’s gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply Villagers in Kiribati, which the World Bank says should be allowed to work and permanently settle in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images World Bank argues structured migration program would prevent forced migration in future generations
May 8, 2017 — Australia and New Zealand should allow open migration for citizens of Pacific nations threatened by climate change, to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration, a paper from the World Bank argues.
Continue reading World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ Togo Lomé Küste Sandstrand (DW/N. Tadégnon) Togo is seeking outside assistance to stop it losing territory to the sea. Houses and roads are disappearing. Physical defenses can help, but they, too, are open to attack from the elements
April 17, 2017 — Man-made coastal erosion has reached alarming proportions in Togo. It is threatening the future of two major cities, Lome and Aneho, the current and former capitals, as well as dozens of fishing villages.
Continue reading Togo’s battle with coastal erosion Image from Shutterstock Hundreds of thousands of people die each year because they are forced to drink contaminated water, the World Health Organization says, urging large investments to help provide universal access to safe drinking water
GENEVA, Switzerland (Apr. 13, 2017) — Dramatic improvements are needed in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the World Health Organization said Thursday, April 13, warning that nearly two billion people currently use fecal-contaminated water.
Continue reading 2 billion people drinking contaminated water – WHO Likouala-aux-Herbes river near in Congo-Brazzaville. The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest tropical forest. Photograph: Hope Productions/Yann Arthus Bertrand / Getty Images/Getty Images At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them
January 24, 2017 — If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country. Thirty years ago, a wide belt of rainforest circled the earth, covering much of Latin America, southeast Asia
Continue reading We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years Coal spills out from a tower into a large pile at an Alpha Natural Resources Inc. coal preparation plant in Logan County near Yolyn, West Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Alpha Natural Resources Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Virginia last week, becoming the latest victim of the coal industrys worst downturn in decades. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images The coal industry’s claim that coal is needed to fight extreme poverty and deliver energy access to billions of people
October 31, 2016 — A new position paper released last week by 12 organizations — including the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, Christian Aid, the Overseas Development Institute, and Oxfam International — rips apart the coal industry’s claim that coal is needed to fight extreme poverty and deliver energy access to billions of people.
Continue reading Anti-Poverty Organizations Say More Coal Will Cause More Poverty People collect water from a tanker in Bhiwandi, India. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA With water shortages exacerbating inequalities and causing damage to economies, making sure the commodity is properly valued by all is essential
September 13, 2016 — Water is essential for life, whether to irrigate crops, to manufacture goods, or for drinking, washing and cleaning. But the intensification of climate change, a growing population and
Continue reading How can we better value water as global shortages start Smoke billows from industrial chimney stacks in Shanxi province, northern China. The country lost nearly 10% of its GDP to air pollution in 2013. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs
September 9, 2016 — Air pollution costs the world trillions of dollars a year and severely impedes development in many countries, according to the World Bank.
Continue reading Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank