Blogs on climate change

  • Girls heading to school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Making sustainability work

    Published on Monday, 14 September 2015

    For a long time, sustainability was seen as an environmental issue that represented an unwelcome trade-off with strong economic growth. But now it encompasses a more mutually dependent set of environmental, economic, and social goals.

  • Engineers working on a turbine at an ADB-supported wind power project in Thailand.

    Why 100% renewable generation won’t bring energy security

    Published on Monday, 07 September 2015

    Clean energy advocates believe that 100% generation from renewable energy sources is the only way to meet the power demand and address global warming. It's technically feasible, but we will still need some fossil fuels to create a sustainable energy source that all countries can afford.

  • Rice fields submerged by floods in Pakistan.

    Extending the reach of flood insurance

    Published on Thursday, 27 August 2015

    Disaster preparedness should include extending the reach of insurance to cover flooding to help individuals, businesses and governments to get back on their feet more quickly after a disaster strikes.

  • Rusty infrastructure from a state-owned enterprise in the Marshall Islands.

    7 symptoms of fragility in Pacific developing countries

    Published on Tuesday, 18 August 2015

    In the Pacific, many fragile countries have no conflict or violence at all. So how do you know whether a given state has dimensions of fragility or not?

  • Freshly laid tracks on an ADB-financed new railway in Afghanistan.

    Time to scale up sustainable transport in Asia and the Pacific

    Published on Friday, 14 August 2015

    With the overall goal of scaling up sustainable transport by up to 50% of loans and grants by 2017, ADB plans to work more closely with its developing member countries on sustainable transport options that could fit their development master plans.

  • Women masons being trained in Viet Nam to run a biogas construction company. Photo by SNV

    Getting women actively involved in climate change mitigation

    Published on Friday, 07 August 2015

    Since women often spend the money they earn on services with wider societal benefits, what are the costs of direct or indirect exclusion? How can women become more actively engaged in climate planning, as well as receive and share the benefits of this engagement?

  • #NCE2014 showed how all countries can build strong economies while substantially reducing climate risk.

    Toward the 2°C pathway: Insights from the New Climate Economy 2015 report

    Published on Friday, 17 July 2015

    In its second report, the GCEC identifies 10 key economic opportunities that could close up to 96% of the gap between current emissions levels and those needed to limit the rise in global temperatures below 2°C.

  • Women fetching water during a very dry season in Myanmar.

    4 principles for better tracking climate finance for adaptation

    Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    ADB and 5 other multilateral development banks, along with the International Development Finance Club, have taken another step forward in standardizing the way we track climate finance for adaptation. The move is a welcome advance in improving the transparency and targeting of future funding.

  • ADB took part this week in Slingshot Manila, an official APEC conference to promote startup entrepreneurship and investment.

    3 reasons to invest now in cleantech startups in Asia

    Published on Friday, 10 July 2015

    Clean technology is about developing and deploying new solutions that can help address the impacts of climate change. Here are 3 additional reasons why the time has come to support cleantech entepreneurs.

  • A woman stands inside her home destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

    Fiscal policies, inequality and climate change: How they make or break the rich-poor divide

    Published on Friday, 26 June 2015

    Do fiscal policies respond appropriately to reduce vulnerabilities, or actually widen the pre-existing inequality that is exacerbated during disasters?