Blog posts tagged to "climate change"

  • Managing floods in a changing climate for a green future

    Published on Thursday, 21 November 2013

    Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are bringing some of the greatest challenges of our time. Just a few days ago we experienced one of the most powerful storms in history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, killing thousands.

  • Women ride past burning garbage in Cambodia.

    Pursuing green growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion

    Published on Friday, 19 July 2013

    Picture this: rapid urbanization and massive infrastructure development and people trapped in outdated polluting transportation, escalating environmental degradation and deforestation, rising potable water shortages and food security concerns, extreme climate change occurrences and growing disaster risks.

  • Thoughts on the High-Level Panel reports on the Post-2015 agenda

    Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013

    The discussions around the post-2015 development agenda – and the work of the High Level Panel of Eminent (HLPEP) persons – were seen controversially in the last months. Some felt that the consultation led by the HLPEP would lead into a kitchen sink report, which would cover every possible development concern.

  • Success rates of ADB's completed projects supporting Millennium Development Goals, approved 2002-2010. View infographic in <a href="">full</a>.

    What comes after the MDGs?

    Published on Monday, 27 May 2013

    A global debate on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 is already in full swing. For Asia and the Pacific, a new development agenda will need to address those MDGs that made only slow progress or regressed and a number of emerging development issues gaining prominence.

  • Impacts of increasing integration: Challenges in trade, finance and the environment

    Published on Thursday, 23 May 2013

    Regional cooperation and integration (RCI) has played an important role in Asia’s growth and development, and will have to play a role in managing the consequences of this ascendancy going forward.

  • South Asia again confronts displacement by Mother Nature’s wrath

    Published on Monday, 20 May 2013

    Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.  

  • Impressions from the World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting – Ministerial Roundtable on social protection

    Published on Monday, 29 April 2013

    I would like to keep you at pace with the global dialogue on social protection. This year the spring meeting of the IMF and World Bank hosted the second annual Ministerial Roundtable discussion entitled, “Closing the Gap – Safety Nets Where the Needs are Greatest."

  • Natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific. <a href="">View infographic in full.</a>

    Upping the game on disaster preparedness

    Published on Monday, 22 April 2013

    The human and economic toll from natural disasters since global leaders met at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 has been staggering. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that natural disasters caused 1.3 million deaths and $2 trillion in economic damage worldwide since then.

  • Farmers glean the beach for seafood at low tide in Moromaho Island, Indonesia. Photo from <a href="">Coral Triangle Book 2011.</a>

    Why invest in natural capital?

    Published on Monday, 22 April 2013

    We’ve been thinking a lot lately about investing in “natural capital” in Asia and the Pacific – one of four key thrusts of ADB’s newly approved Environment Operational Directions for 2013-2020. 

  •  A fallen tree near a damaged railroad track in Pakistan. Photo credit: Gerhard Jörén 2010.

    Why don’t we act on the facts of climate change?

    Published on Thursday, 28 February 2013

    I am not an environment or climate change expert, but I am an environmentalist out of conviction. When I was 14 years old I wrote a letter to the German Minister of Environment asking for faster policy action to reduce green house gas emissions.