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  • Global Agencies Call for Urgent Action to Avoid Irreversible Groundwater Depletion

    Global Agencies Call for Urgent Action to Avoid Irreversible Groundwater Depletion

    The FAO, UNESCO, World Bank, GEF and International Association of Hydrogeologists this week called for action by the global community to manage the increasingly urgent depletion and degradation of limited groundwater resources. Ahead of the ...

  • Preparing for a Price on Carbon: Lessons from 3 Companies

    Preparing for a Price on Carbon: Lessons from 3 Companies

    New carbon pricing systems are being developed in China, Chile and other countries to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage clean energy and sustainable development. This will mean new reporting requirements and regulations for an ...

  • A Climate Change Agreement Is a Global Health Agreement

    A Climate Change Agreement Is a Global Health Agreement

    The World Health Organization kicked off its global high-level conference on Health and Climate Change this week in Geneva. What makes this conference particularly significant is the fact that while the WHO has been working on this agenda for the ...

  • Carbon Partnership Facility: Innovation in Scaling-up Emission Reductions

    Carbon Partnership Facility: Innovation in Scaling-up Emission Reductions

    We’re about 16 months away from the 2015 UN climate meeting in Paris, intended to reach an ambitious global agreement on climate change. Now, more than ever, there is a need for innovation to scale up climate action. The Bank’s Carbon ...

  • City Data: Open is the New Black

    City Data: Open is the New Black

    While many may have heard the statistic “Cities are home to 50% of the world’s population”, few realize that it leads directly to a sobering and much less hyped conclusion:  we face an urgent need to understand how our cities ...

  • One bloc moving climate progress forward at Warsaw

    One bloc moving climate progress forward at Warsaw

    In the climate negotiations under the United Nations framework, we are used to seeing geographical blocs and other blocs at loggerheads. The tension draws attention, but it isn’t the only story of blocs at the climate conference. In Warsaw ...

  • A Possible Rebirth of the Carbon Market?

    A Possible Rebirth of the Carbon Market?

    Many people have voiced pessimism over an international agreement to address climate change since the 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen fell short of expectations. The lack of a comprehensive, global effort to curb emissions; the failure by the ...

  • World Food Day: Reggae, Food, and Water

    World Food Day: Reggae, Food, and Water

    For those of us who were teenagers in the 1980s, it is difficult not to remember the famous Live record released in 1983 by the reggae band UB40. Almost 30 years later I am still listening to their sound. As we mark World Food ...

  • Extractive Industries in Fragile Settings Present Opportunities and Risks for Women

    Extractive Industries in Fragile Settings Present Opportunities and Risks for Women

    Women face enormous risks in conflict-affected settings. Yet they have also proven to be powerful actors, whose interventions sustain economic security or may reduce or discourage violence.  Under the right conditions, women can organize to ...

  • Set the Right Price on Carbon and Investors Will Come

    Set the Right Price on Carbon and Investors Will Come

    This was not the time to discuss the science of climate change, or ways to protect coastal cities against monster storms. The development experts, journalists, policy wonks and investment professionals who gathered at the Center for Global ...

  • US$1 billion Support from World Bank for Ganga Clean-up

    US$1 billion Support from World Bank for Ganga Clean-up

    The World Bank today approved a US$1 billion credit and loan as part of its long-term support for the government’s Mission Clean Ganga that seeks to rejuvenate India’s iconic river.   The Ganga accounts for one-fourth of the ...

  • Uganda registers first forestry project in Africa to reduce global warming emissions

    Uganda registers first forestry project in Africa to reduce global warming emissions

    Uganda has become the first country in Africa to undertake a reforestation project that will help reduce global warming emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. The Nile Basin Reforestation Project in Uganda is a ground-breaking project being implemented ...

  • Adapting to climate change to cost US$75-100bn a year, says World Bank

    Adapting to climate change to cost US$75-100bn a year, says World Bank

    The costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050 according to preliminary findings in a new global study from The World Bank. The Economics of ...

  • US$24.3m loan for green growth in Brazil

    US$24.3m loan for green growth in Brazil

    While Brazil already is showing clear signs of economic recovery after suffering the impact of the global financial crisis, the World Bank approved a US$24.3 million loan for Phase II of the Second National Environmental Project (NEP) to ...

  • Launch of Little Green Data Book 2009 focus on the role of cities as drivers of global warming

    Launch of Little Green Data Book 2009 focus on the role of cities as drivers of global warming

    Cities are the main drivers of global warming yet also offer the best means for slowing its rate, according to the World Bank?s Little Green Data Book 2009. Now in its tenth year, the book remains an essential pocket-sized quick reference on key ...

  • World Bank approves a grant of US$190m for urban water supply project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    World Bank approves a grant of US$190m for urban water supply project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    The Board of Directors of the World Bank today approved a US$190 million IDA grant for an urban water supply project in urban areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).    The Urban Water Supply Project (Projet d’Alimentation en ...

  • Loan to expand successful water security initiatives in Brazil

    Loan to expand successful water security initiatives in Brazil

    The World Bank approved yesterday a US$103 million additional finance loan for the Ceará Integrated Water Resource Management Project (Progerirh).  The loan will allow the semi-arid northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará to continue improving ...

  • Why is South Asia vulnerable to climate change?

    Why is South Asia vulnerable to climate change?

    Geography coupled with high levels of poverty and population density has rendered South Asia especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Speaking ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland on December ...

  • World Bank finances rehabilitation of Armenia’s water and wastewater infrastructure

    World Bank finances rehabilitation of Armenia’s water and wastewater infrastructure

    The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$20 million credit for additional financing for the Armenia Municipal Water and Wastewater Project (MWWP). The additional financing will support the government’s efforts in scaling up activities ...

  • Climate Investment Funds: Countries Selected for Governing Bodies

    Climate Investment Funds: Countries Selected for Governing Bodies

    Representatives from donor and developing countries meeting in Washington have finalized their choice of countries to serve initially on the committees that will oversee decisions about investments and implementation of the newly created ...