By Cecília Reifschneider - Apr 1 2014
Sustainability is, thankfully, becoming a widespread concept in many industries. In the industrial design field, there are programs that allow you to swap out a material or production technique and factor their different environmental impacts. Often, when considering sustainable design we tend to factor carbon footprint, durability, renewability and adaptability of the product. But what about sustainable web design? Read more…
By Guest blogger - Mar 27 2014
On March 19, I was lucky enough to take part in a round table discussion amongst leaders in the field of sustainable infrastructure.
For those of you who were not able to attend the discussion here at the IDB, this blog post is an attempt to provide my perspective on these two hours of intense discussion about the implications of shifting our perspectives on how to design and build infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean, and how to turn infrastructure into a tool for social transformation. Read more…
By Guest blogger - Mar 13 2014
Small developing island states (SDIS) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. For this reason, some island states of the Caribbean region such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados can serve as laboratories where different adaptation measures to meet the challenges of climate change can be tested, assessing their cost-effectiveness.
A study on the economics of adaptation to climate change in Trinidad and Tobago has concluded that there are five adaptation measures considered of “no regret” –that is, low cost and high impact actions which will result in a better rate of return of the investments made by governments or private sector: Read more…
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…