Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

How Hackers Pulled Off a $20 Million Mexican Bank Heist

How Hackers Pulled Off a $20 Million Mexican Bank Heist

Loza emphasizes that while the attacks likely required extensive expertise and planning over months, or even years, they were enabled by sloppy and insecure network architecture within the Mexican financial system, and security oversights in SPEI, Mexico's domestic money transfer platform run by central bank Banco de México, also known as Banxico.

5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

Verizon Wednesday announced what could be the first “real” mobile 5G service in the US, dubbed " 5G Ultra Wideband ." It’s scheduled to launch April 11 in " select areas " of Chicago and Minneapolis, as a $10 add-on to the carrier's existing unlimited plans; there will be no additional charge for the first three months.

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

Like most municipal recycling programs, those cities contract with Duong’s company to collect and sort recyclable waste at its materials recovery facility, where they are baled and sent to end-market processors.

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

The new Inspire wristband, which starts at $70 and goes up to $100 for a model with heart-rate tracking, is an interesting evolution of its predecessor, the Fitbit Alta.

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

Such solutions include widening of natural flood plains, protecting and expanding wetlands, restoring oyster and coral reefs and investing in urban green spaces that reduce run-off.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Moreover, the majority of those gaining access to such high-speed connections, approximately 5.6 million, live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged." Pai's press release also says that private Internet providers have "responded to FCC reforms by deploying fiber to 5.9 million new homes in 2018, the largest number ever recorded." However, much of that may have come from a multi-year fiber deployment that AT&T began during the Obama administration.

Hai-Anh H. Dang

Hai-Anh H. Dang

Dang Economist, Poverty and Inequality Unit, Development Research Group, World Bank Hai-Anh H. Dang is an Economist in the Surveys and Methods Team, Development Data Group, World Bank. His main research is on development, poverty, education, labor, and methodology to construct synthetic (pseudo) panel data from cross sections.

Two Satellites Almost Crashed. Here’s How They Dodged It

Two Satellites Almost Crashed. Here’s How They Dodged It

Two small satellites, whirling through Earth's low orbits, had “the potential for a conjunction.” Those are the words Major Cody Chiles, spokesperson for the Joint Force Space Component Command, uses to mean "the chance of a collision." The satellites, one from a company called Capella Space and the other from Spire Global, could smack into each other.

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

It can carry more stuff than sidewalk delivery bots being developed by companies like Marble, and while it drives in the street, its slim profile makes moving safely easier, Ferguson says.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

As an institution that is committed to development, the World Bank has an enormous responsibility to help countries and communities act early, to build resilience to what we know they are going to be facing – more frequent and more dramatic climate disasters because of climate change.

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

Four years after their launch, the World Bank’s expertise in development data and its large repository of development indicators has played an important role in helping track progress made towards the achievement of the SDGs. How does SDG monitoring work and how is the World Bank involved?

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

The Bank has been working with the Maldives to increase the use of renewables and has invested in a $16 million solar power project on the islands of Male and Hulhumale in the Greater Malé region.

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

5. Preserving and managing the environment Photo Credit: World Bank In 1993, the World Bank supported the Government of Maldives to develop a National Environment Action Plan with the aim of helping Maldivians maintain and improve the environment of the country, and to manage the natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

"I took a lot of the photographs from my driveway, essentially." The hard work of local firefighters saved the house, and Cooley continued photographing the aftermath of the fire, which eventually consumed over 7,000 acres, becoming one of the largest in Los Angeles history.

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

Some weeks later, in a story meeting, an idea popped up that Brooker and Jones realized would only work if it was interactive: a videogame designer in the 1980s, trying to adapt a choose-your-own-adventure novel (which, you may remember , was the style at the time ).

While You Were Offline: A US Government Shutdown Loomed

While You Were Offline: A US Government Shutdown Loomed

What Really Happened: Trump's surprise holiday gift to the Middle East arrived early Wednesday, as reports surfaced suggesting that the United States was about to withdraw troops from Syria .

2018: A year of influence, impact and cooperation on global issues through social media

2018: A year of influence, impact and cooperation on global issues through social media

2018: A year of influence, impact and cooperation on global issues through social media ​In 2018, the themes of climate change, disruptive technology, and human capital were not only priorities for the World Bank Group, but for governments, private companies, and international organizations of all kinds.

What a Waste 2.0: sharing lessons on solid waste management

What a Waste 2.0: sharing lessons on solid waste management

The World Bank has been actively supporting countries develop strategies, policies, infrastructure, and capacities in their solid waste management sectors. Japan is a global leader in the development and application of environmental policies in the solid waste management sector.

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Recognizing the urgent need for more action, the World Bank Group announced new and ambitious targets for our climate work with developing countries at COP24, this month’s global climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.

Margaret Allen

Margaret Allen

Margaret coordinates web program tasks and oversees audience feedback and research. In Search of Feedback: usability test participants needed to improve World Bank search and project information Worldbank.org China Scavenger Hunt: Help Improve Usability Embracing All Abilities: Web Accessibility Standards for the New Worldbank.org World Bank website visitors share opinions on new search featuresBlogging on: Inside the Web, Voices

Arun Kumar Dobhal

Arun Kumar Dobhal

Before joining the Bank, he worked with UNICEF as the WASH Specialist for the southern Indian states for 7 plus years and earlier as Project Manager and Technical Head for the Bank supported water and sanitation programs in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in India.

Security News This Week: Did Quora Get Hacked? Top Answer: Yes

Security News This Week: Did Quora Get Hacked? Top Answer: Yes

The hack probably should have been the biggest news of the week, but for a little distracting—and important!—thing called the Mueller probe.In expectation of Robert Mueller making big moves in the investigation before the holidays, Garrett Graff spells out the 14 questions about Trump and Russia that Mueller knows the answer to.Also this week, veteran Kristofer Goldsmith revealed that foreign trolls are targeting vets on Facebook.

Angela Elzir

Angela Elzir

She works on a range of operational and analytical projects focusing on the areas of youth employment, jobs and labor markets, and also has experience on social safety nets, community driven development and education.

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

“I still haven’t dealt with removing all of them yet—I just sort of heavy sighed and closed the tab.”Safe SpaceIn interviews and messages with WIRED, more than 30 sex workers, porn consumers, and creators on Tumblr lamented the loss of what they described as a unique, safe space for curated sexually themed GIFs, photos, and videos.

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

Today, climate change is intensifying pressure on communities and ecosystems all over the world, but the Caribbean countries are facing quite unique challenges.

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

Area schools are handing out Chromebooks, doctors are exploring tele­medicine, and people no longer need to hoof it to a library for faster connections.In one sense, this is merely a story about how to end the rural-urban digital divide: Don’t rely on big corporations, and instead help locals band together with the kind of government grants or low-cost loans that helped bring electrification in the 1930s.

Juul Can Breathe After Dodging Full FDA Ban on Flavored E-Cigs

Juul Can Breathe After Dodging Full FDA Ban on Flavored E-Cigs

“I think Juul is breathing a big sigh of relief,” says Marc Scheineson, a former FDA associate commissioner and partner at the law firm Alston & Bird.Gottlieb said the agency still must finalize its policies, which did not specify how convenience stores or other retail outlets could develop a section that makes products “not visible or accessible to persons under the age of 18.” Vape shops that limit entrance to buyers 18 and older won’t be affected, he added.The FDA’s approach is a creative way to address e-cigarettes while avoiding some legal pitfalls, according to Azim Chowdhury, a partner with Keller and Heckman who leads the firm’s tobacco and e-vapor practice.

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