Issues & Trends
|Monitoring Household Connectivity to the National Grids through Geospatial Technology: World Bank’s Electricity Access Tracking Tool
The World Bank has entered into a tripartite arrangement together with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Sweden-based KTH Royal Institute of Technology, to launch an electricity access tool dubbed Electrification Pathways application and which countries can use to track and monitor households which have not yet been
|What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?
The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard
by Sophie Knight
|How satellite imagery is transforming conservation science
As recently as the 1980s, gray seals effectively were extinct on Cape Cod. So when researchers announced last week that the population there has recovered not to 15,000 gray seals, the previous official estimate, but to as many as 50,000, it was dramatic evidence of how quickly conservation sometimes can work.
|UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet
BANGKOK — Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world's population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said.
|Climate May Quickly Drive Forest-Eating Beetles North, Says Study
Pines in Canada and Much of U.S. at Risk
|World's Biggest Drone Drug Deliveries Take Off in Tanzania
NAIROBI, KENYA —
Tanzania is set to launch the world's largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save lives.
|The cost of clean water: $150 billion a year, says World Bank
The risk of diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation is creating a "silent emergency" - World Bank
By Sophie Hares
|INTERVIEW - Thirsty world must wake up to looming water crisis, expert says
More than one-third of humanity is water-stressed every year or season, while drought crises are on the rise from California to Ethiopia
By Megan Rowling
|NYC Creates Climate Change Roadmap for Builders: Plan for Rising Seas
The city’s new resilience guidelines map out the expected risks from sea level rise and increasing heat in the decades ahead.
|Promise or peril? Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050
We need a (Marshall Plan) that places youth employment in Africa at the centre of development
By John Dramani Mahama and Siddharth Chatterjee