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Cash in on businesses to help boost disaster protection, says U.N. risk chief

New from UNFCCC - 24. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Businesses are quickly grasping the benefits of investing to cut disaster risks, so it is crucial for governments to work with them to protect people from climate change impacts, said the head of the U.N.'s disaster risk agency.

8 in 10 people now see climate change as a 'catastrophic risk': survey

New from UNFCCC - 24. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats found Wednesday.

G20 must support good jobs in the low carbon transition

New from UNFCCC - 24. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: Climate Home - If we are serious about holding global warming well below 2C as the Paris Agreement states, all sectors, industries and jobs will have to change.

Merkel urge acción contra el cambio climático a los países

New from UNFCCC - 24. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: EFE Verde - La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, instó hoy a todos los países a trabajar conjuntamente en la lucha contra el cambio climático, diseñando estrategias, promoviendo inversiones sostenibles y avanzando en el Acuerdo del clima de París, porque el mundo comparte un "destino".

Small-scale renewables cheapest for rural Africa, says Dutch report

New from UNFCCC - 24. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: Climate Home - Africa’s quest for full access to electricity needs governments to support small, off-grid projects that are typically disregarded by investors

Le gouvernement luxembourgeois consacre 120 millions EUR entre 2014 et 2020 au financement de mesures de protection du climat dans les pays en développement

New from UNFCCC - 24. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: Mediaterre - Le financement de la lutte contre les changements climatiques est l’un des aspects les plus importants des efforts déployés à l’échelle mondiale pour faire face au défi des changements climatiques. Au cours des dernières années, le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg a livré une assistance financière et technique considérable pour soutenir les activités liées à la lutte contre le changement climatique dans les pays en développement.

Jia Yueting and adventure of a crumbling empire

News from India - 24. May 2017 - 13:52
Jia and LeEco may have erred in not being forward-looking enough. For a visionary, his empire remains centered on rather old-school hardware businesses like phones, TVs

Simplify your life: fight financial peer pressure 

News from India - 24. May 2017 - 12:58
Buckling under peer pressure can throw your finances out of gear. So, prioritise your needs, and spend accordingly

IISD/ENB+ @ GSW 2017 | 22-24 May 2017 | Berlin, DE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 24. May 2017 - 9:51
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, covered the Global Soil Week 2017 - Catalyzing SDG Implementation through a Soil and Land Review, from 22 to 24 May 2017, from Berlin, Germany

The curious case of Moody’s and its China sovereign cut

News from India - 24. May 2017 - 9:23
Moody’s move to downgrade China begs the question: How much of this sovereign-rating guff is really about countries’ creditworthiness versus pure inter-company rivalry?

Anupam Kher’s People a welcome break from the screaming jingoism of Republic TV

News from India - 24. May 2017 - 8:14
If Anupam Kher just keeps away from plugging Republic TV or its jingoistic agenda, this may well be the celebrity show we’ve been waiting for

IISD/ENB+ @ CBD Special Events | 5-8 Jun 2017 | Cancún, MX | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 24. May 2017 - 7:42
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, will cover the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Special Events at the Ocean Conference - Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, from 5 to 9 June 2017, from UN Headquarters in New York

What’s wrong with Narendra Modi’s outmoded idea of India

News from India - 24. May 2017 - 5:05
In removing all obstacles to decision-making inherent in pluralist democracies, Narendra Modi is trying to construct the kind of ‘developmental state’ seen in East Asia

IISD/ENB+ @ 52nd GEF Council Meeting | 23 May 2017 | Washington, DC, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 24. May 2017 - 5:04
On Tuesday, 23 May 2017, IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, covered the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organization (CSOs), from the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, US

Harnessing Nature to Manage Rising Flood Risk

News from WWF - 24. May 2017 - 2:00
WASHINGTON, D.C. (24, May 2017 - 8:00am ET) – Worldwide, flood risk will continue to rise as cities grow larger and rainstorms become more intense, making conventional engineering insufficient as the sole approach to flood management.  "Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide" released today by WWF, introduces an integrated framework for flood management, drawing on policy, green infrastructure and conventional engineering to help communities adapt and better manage growing flood risk.
Globally, flooding is the most common disaster risk, accounting for nearly half of all weather-related disasters during the past 20 years.  Exposure and vulnerability to flood risks are on the rise: the proportion of the world population living in flood-prone river basins has increased about 114 percent and population exposed to coastal areas has grown 192 percent during the last decade.
"We can't afford to continue to invest in short term solutions that don't take into account how weather patterns, sea levels and land use are changing the nature and severity of flooding," said Anita van Breda, World Wildlife Fund's senior director of environment and disaster. "The traditional approaches we've used to manage flooding in the past – like sea walls and levees – in most cases, won't work in isolation for the types of floods we're likely to experience in the future."
The Flood Green Guide, developed in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of U.S.  Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), provides a step-by-step framework for flood managers to understand the factors contributing to flood risk in their region, and to pull together the appropriate policies, nature based solutions, and traditional engineering to address the problem. 
"New roads, tunnels and bridges should not only be able to withstand more severe flooding, but ideally contribute to the community's resilience and safety," said van Breda. "Our framework encourages engineers, flood managers, planners, community members, and policymakers to collaborate around the table from the start to work together addressing multiple objectives."
The guide promotes using non-structural methods such as land use zoning as first step, and then integration of natural and nature-based methods, combined with hard engineering if needed, to manage flood risk. Natural and nature-based methods, like upstream reforestation, green roofs on downstream urban areas and wetland restorations and management can improve the function of - and reduce overall costs associated with - conventional engineering. They also allow communities to reap the co-benefits the environment can provide such as: cleaner water, reduced air temperatures and green space for human recreation while protecting livelihoods such as agriculture and fishing.
"Floods do not recognize national or administrative boundaries," said Sezin Tokar, Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor for USAID/OFDA.  "Any action in one part of the watershed will affect everyone else living in the watershed.  That's why an integrated and basin-wide approach is critical to save lives and protect the property of people living near the water."
The guide will be supported by a training curriculum (currently under development), specifically designed for those responsible for flood risk management, including municipal governments, community groups and non-governmental organizations worldwide.
"We need to design and develop systems that can adapt to changing circumstances while also keeping our communities, infrastructure, and environment safe," said van Breda. "The most durable flood management strategies are locally specific and factor in what's happening in the watershed, both upstream and downstream of individual projects."

For more information about the guide or to view the resource library, visit:

When algorithms learn to recognize you

News from India - 23. May 2017 - 21:19
Given the ever expanding network of cameras and mobile devices that surround us, facial recognition exposes us to the significant risk of active surveillance

Uncertainty in global trade ties is here to stay

News from India - 23. May 2017 - 20:55
A prolonged phase of uncertainty is here to stay, particularly in the multilateral trade relations, despite China’s grand pronouncements

Market signals

News from India - 23. May 2017 - 20:45
In the near to medium term, to a large extent, Sensex and Nifty movements will depend on how earnings expectations shape up

Can ‘J-nomics’ save South Korea’s economy?

News from India - 23. May 2017 - 20:24
The success of South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, will hinge largely upon his economic policy

The real problem with productivity

News from India - 23. May 2017 - 20:21
More attention needs to be paid to the real possibility that productivity isn’t slowing the way we think


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