To coincide with Earth Day 2020, we have pulled together a brief list of articles by the IDB's Climate Change Division. While COVID-19 rightly dominates the headlines as countries focus on the immediate medical emergency, it is important that we don’t take our eyes off the climate and ecological emergencies too. As we show below, the coronavirus provides a stark reminder … [Read more...] about Six articles to read as Earth Day celebrates its 50th anniversary
The coronavirus crisis is a critical priority for Latin American and the Caribbean decision makers as they respond to the health emergency and push social distancing to lower the curve. The pandemic represents the region’s most severe economic challenge since the Great Depression and will cause between 1.8 and 5.5 percent of GDP growth reductions this year. Countries are … [Read more...] about Four reasons why civil society should support sustainable infrastructure post COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic is first and foremost a human tragedy, as known cases surpass one million and over 50,000 people have died. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said recently that the fight against COVID-19 is the world’s immediate priority. However, he added that it should not distract us from the climate crisis, which will remain with us for much longer and … [Read more...] about Can COVID-19 help us to visualize a more sustainable and resilient future?
The images of dolphins swimming close to the docks in the Sardinian port of Cagliari due to reduced ferry traffic went viral as people enjoyed watching nature return to areas normally busy with human activity. Elsewhere, unusually large numbers of birds are returning to beaches in the Peruvian capital, Lima. While these images suggest a positive link between nature and the … [Read more...] about What is the link between COVID-19 and the ecological and climate emergencies?
Imagine you are waiting for the bus and instead of the arrival of an old and noisy bus, a clean and silent electric bus arrives that also has WIFI, USB ports and access for the disabled. This will be a reality in Bogotá with the award of 379 electric buses. These electric buses will start operating in September 2020 and will be the second largest electric fleet in Latin … [Read more...] about Bogotá is a pioneer in acquiring electric buses by tender