By Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm - Mar 9 2014
Source: SEI, as shown in the IDB Sustainability Report (2011).
I have been away from this blog for a while(*), and I was waiting for the right story to write again. This one in particular has a bit of remembrance.
I lost my mother to cancer nearly a decade ago. Like most children, I frequently didn’t pay attention to many of the things she used to say to me (I realize this now that I am a parent of two teenager daughters!). Fortunately, she talked to me a lot and over the years this made a few of these things she told me constantly stick somewhere in my head.
I remember she used to say: Life is not complicated, people make it so. Well, this phrase of hers came to mind when I started thinking again about an issue that caught my attention (and imagination) many years ago: the relationship between water, energy and food; what is known today as the water-energy-food nexus.
By Guest blogger - Feb 27 2014
With Colombia leading the way on climate change adaptation in agriculture, can other countries in Latin America follow? Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT).
Climate change adaptation is a big concept, one that doesn’t get any simpler when applied to agriculture. The sector is affected by a range of factors, from climate, to socio-economics, to international trade policy. What’s more, climate change is unprecedented and adaptation is thus a work-in-progress; there are very few – if any – past examples to learn from.
All of which makes the end-to-end process of agricultural adaptation a difficult one to visualize. Read more…
By Gerard Alleng - Feb 24 2014
Investing in the future is always a challenging decision, for example planning for retirement will often seem to be less urgent when we have pressing daily financial issues that have to be addressed now (unless you are near to retirement age of course). Not tomorrow, not in 10 years, but today. But the truth is that, in order to have a financially stable future, we need to know our risks, assess the potential losses and costs associated with them, and plan accordingly. Read more…
By Emiliano Detta - Feb 14 2014
Climate change is something that will impact all of us in some way or another. Moreover, this environmental problem is cumulative by nature, which means that even if we cut all emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) today, we will still continue to feel its negative effects for a long time.
Since the industrial revolution, human activities have led to the accumulation of large quantities of these gases in both the atmosphere and the oceans. These gases stay in the atmosphere for decades or even hundreds of years depending on the gas, so their effects can be felt for many years after they have been emitted. Read more…
By Agustín Cáceres - Jan 30 2014
List of the most polluted city in each country in Latin America and the Caribbean
If it was not enough knowing that burning fossil fuels contribute to climate change, now we have another reason to worry. It is confirmed: according to the World Health Organization, air pollution is one of the causes of cancer, alongside other known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. Air pollution is now considered the most important environmental carcinogen for lung cancer, more so than passive smoking.
This conclusion came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which had previously deemed some of the components in air pollution such as diesel fumes to be carcinogens, but this is the first time it has classified air pollution in its entirety as cancer causing. Read more…