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Recent articles and research reports

Bonn Climate Talks—Little Progress

Two weeks of climate talks in Bonn this month made little progress on the disputes that have been lingering since the Paris Agreement of 2015.

Peru’s Rainforest Timber Scandal

Companies caught up in Peru’s biggest timber scandal likely knew that their exports from the Amazon rainforest were illegal, according to undercover footage captured by the watchdog GSN working in the area, Global Witness.

Migration Challenges World’s Cities

The World Economic Forum has released its new report on migration and the world’s cities covering the different types and causes of migration, with a particular focus on its impact on cities around the world and how they can be better prepared.

Replanting Brazilian Rain Forest

A massive reforestation effort in the Brazilian region of the Amazon is being undertaken through a GSN partnership between between Conservation International, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio) and Rock in Rio’s environmental arm, “Amazonia Live.” 

Rural Areas Key to Economic Growth

Economic growth may come from rural areas, as food production and job creation come from agricultural opportunities. According to a new United Nations agriculture agency report released Monday.

Poor in the Path of Climate Change

Around the globe the poor are living in the path of climate change. The 2017 hurricane season is far from over, and already the impact of the season’s storms has disproportionally affected the most marginalized populations in the US as well.

Dubai could become world’s first blockchain-powered government

 Dubai could soon become the first government to execute all implementable transactions on blockchain, hoping to reach the goal by 2020. “Private sector enterprises, which stand to gain due to potential synergies with the government, are also gearing up and early...

Resilience Scorecard for City Planning, Explosive Growth needed in Houston

Climate change may have played a role in the raging flood damage of Hurricane Harvey’s fury or the severity of the recent droughts that have decimated farmers, but storms and droughts are a fact of life in Texas. However, they have become more destructive, in part, because there is more to destroy as key zoning for resilience is missing.

Financial Inclusion for the “Missing Middle”

Financial inclusion has left a “missing middle” across the developing world. Microfinance programs and larger-sized financial products leave a “missing middle” in which both jobs and dollars are lost in struggling economies.

Are Forests Solving Climate Change?

Forests are the heroes of solving climate change. They have been absorbing fossil fuel emissions, and have the potential to absorb more. But when forests are cleared, they are as bad as smokestacks. Cut forests release carbon back into our challenged environment. The dual role of forests in the realm of climate action is a critical paradox in the climate change debate.

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