Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

This year, NIWA completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters. NIWA and PNG staff installed a hydro-meteorological monitoring network and early warning system for floods, in a pilot scheme for the river.

The rise of local mapping communities

The rise of local mapping communities

OpenDRI started its work with OSM by supporting the growth of local mapping communities in  Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, including through the Open Cities Project.

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

The goal is to provide a useful, easily accessible guide to the database and make it easy for users to discover what type of indicators are available, how they’re collected, and how they can be visualized to analyze development trends.

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

Green growth means reducing dangerous air and water pollution that harm human health, ensuring sustainable expansion of the power sector, managing river basins, making agriculture and infrastructure more resilient, and better protecting natural heritage, including Lao PDR’s rich and globally important wildlife.

Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges

Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges

As a strategic partner of the summit and the overall Urban 20 (U20) Initiative, the World Bank Group – including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – is committed to helping global cities bring their expertise, needs, and voices to the center of global discussions on sustainable development.

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

(IW 500/4) plans to propose that federal regulators embrace a nationwide electric-car sales program starting in 2021, patterned on California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate that requires manufacturers to sell more EVs each year.

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Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

Global hunger has reverted to levels last seen a decade ago, wiping out progress on improving people’s access to food and leaving one in nine people undernourished last year, with extreme weather a leading cause, the UN has warned.

Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

But it came two months after disagreements among the Green Climate Fund’s board members prevented the fund from approving new projects at a routine meeting.Activists demonstrating in front of the United Nations building on Friday in Bangkok, where a climate change conference was being held.Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesSome observers say the fund’s funding shortfall and bureaucratic malaise have dimmed expectations for the talks in Poland, which were already bound to be difficult.“The lack of real money coming through is really undermining trust in the negotiations” around how to put the Paris accord in place, said Brandon Wu, the director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA, an advocacy group that monitored the Bangkok meeting.

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

The report highlights strong progress in health and education, but poor performance in addressing inequality, climate change and housing affordability. Despite some progress, the report found almost every goal has at least one target where an important indicator is off-track or will require a breakthrough to be achieved.

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Based on the hazard map, community members have now identified and proposed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures designed to mitigate the effects of specific natural hazards. Table 1: Combined community-proposed disaster risk mitigation measures in Guldara

Demystifying Economic Inequality in Nepal

Demystifying Economic Inequality in Nepal

Economists typically use the Gini index of per capita income or household consumption expenditure as a measure of inequality. For example, in Nepal, as incomes and living standards have improved, private school enrollments have increased leaving public schools, especially in remote rural areas, struggling to fill classrooms.

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

In advance of the Global Disability Summit, and drawing on a recent report titled “Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management” from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and the Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank, here are five actions that development institutions, governments, and other key stakeholders can take to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind in the aftermath of a disaster.

The potential of the Blue Economy

The potential of the Blue Economy

Together with the United Nations and other partners, we are looking forward to working with member states and other stakeholders to respond to existing challenges and to design a way forward that allow for sustainable economic growth making the most from the oceans – building on the experience with green growth – including in unique areas such as the Galápagos Islands.

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Reflecting the importance of secure land ownership to the SDGs’ success, the World Bank Group is now working with developing countries to improve their land-tenure systems and expand the coverage of legally recognized and registered rights.

Haunting Images of the World's Most Polluted Environments

Haunting Images of the World's Most Polluted Environments

The work will also be showcased in complementary museum exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada, both opening September 28.“Anthropocene” is a term coined by Nobel-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen in 2000 to describe what he and some other scientists consider a new era in world history, an epoch beginning with the Industrial Revolution and characterized by mankind’s permanent alteration of the natural world.“For the last 12,000 years we’ve been in the Holocene epoch, which followed the last ice age and saw the development of human civilization,” Burtynsky explains.

Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop - ACTS

Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop - ACTS

You will hear from a range of industry professionals working in the Tertiary Education, Council and Healthcare sector in Australia and New Zealand, including those working within certified carbon neutral organisations, specialist service providers and relevant government experts.