With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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MR. MARK TERCEK, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATURE CONSERVANCY: Okay. Welcome everyone, good afternoon. We're delighted to be here today at the Council on Foreign Relations... Show More + where we have the opportunity to discuss with President Kim of the World Bank, the next steps for international climate action.Dr. Jim Kim became the 12th president of the World Bank in 2012 after a career in development and medicine. He served as president of Dartmouth College, as well as a number of medical departments. And he co-founded Partners in Health which now operates on four continents. Dr. Kim's work, of course, has earned his wide recognition. He was awarded a MacArthur Genius Fellowship in 2003. U.S. News and World declared him to be one of Americas 25 best leader in 2005. Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005. We're pleased to have him here today to discuss a huge challenge, climate chan Show Less -
Limiting the average global temperature rise to under 2°C is a prerequisite to avoiding dangerous climate change. Urgent action is needed to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to help countries... Show More + build resilience and prepare for a world of dramatic climate and weather extremes.Mobilizing finance for climate action is a priority, but public resources are not sufficient. In the energy sector alone, the additional investment required consistent with a 2°C scenario is estimated to be $910 billion per year during 2010-2050.With limited public resources there is a need to ensure they achieve maximum impact and leverage private investments. But the collapse of carbon prices has removed the important incentive which encouraged the private sector to invest in clean technology projects, and consequently many projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are at risk of being decommissioned.Targeting methane emission reductions. Methane, a by-product of a range of industrial and agricultu Show Less -
Hurricane Tomas, for example, devastated St. Lucia in 2010, wiping out the equivalent of 43 percent of the Caribbean nation’s GDP. In the Horn of Africa, a prolonged drought that ended in 2011 and which,... Show More + at its peak, left 13.3 million people with food shortages, caused total losses of $12.1 billion in Kenya alone.“This was a much needed and timely effort to collect the practical knowledge that has been scattered with experts for decades,” said Habiba Gitay, a senior environmental specialist with the World Bank and co-author of the report. “We hope that the good practices we highlighted from across the world will help countries learn from each other, and make them more capable of withstanding catastrophic weather events.”The report’s main messages:Building climate resilience is essential to the global goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Working across disciplines and sectors to build long-term resilience, and to reduce risk and avoid increasing future losses Show Less -
Rapidly growing cities in the developing world key to tackling climate changeNEW YORK, September 25, 2013 - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced today a groundbreaking initiative to reach... Show More + 300 of the largest cities in the developing world in the next four years to help them plan for a low-carbon future and get capital flowing so they can finance those plans. The effort has the potential to improve the lives of over 700 million people in those cities and billions more globally as emissions are reduced.The developing world’s fast-growing cities face major challenges as they plan for the future: they have to provide services and infrastructure to an ever growing population and manage the vulnerabilities that come with a changing climate, all the while preserving public health and securing economic growth.It’s even harder than it sounds. A recent internal analysis by World Bank staff found that only about 20 percent of the world’s 150 largest cities have even the basic analytic Show Less -
Summary: Environmental and Social Benefits of Fly Ash BricksTwo Indians have invented a climate-friendly technology that produces bricks without using any coal whatsoever. The new fly ash brick technology... Show More + has the potential to completely eliminate carbon emissions from India’s large brick-making industry which burns huge amounts of coal and emits millions of tons of carbon dioxide each year.Another significant benefit of the new technology is that unlike clay bricks, which use valuable topsoil as raw material, the new method uses fly ash, an unwanted residue from coal-fired power plants. This fly ash is presently dumped on acres of land, damaging both the environment and the health of populations around power plants. The use of fly ash is particularly important as, with India’s plans to use coal to expand power production, the generation of fly ash is set to increase while the availability of topsoil is bound to decrease.A further advantage is that fly ash bricks can be produced in a va Show Less -