The recent apocalyptic image of the ocean on fire in the Gulf of Mexico following a raptured gas pipeline was reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings. Yet the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and their disastrous impact on global warming and the environment is far from fantasy. The burning of coal, oil and gas is the dominant source of greenhouse gas emissions driving the … [Read more...] about Are Latin America’s fossil fuels at risk of becoming stranded assets this decade?
Since the novel coronavirus struck last year forcing countries into lockdowns and social distancing measures, businesses and governments adopted new policies for working remotely. These lockdowns have caused an unprecedented experiment where more people than ever before have been teleworking to reduce the risks of spreading and contracting the virus. While much has been … [Read more...] about Can teleworking help us achieve sustainable recovery and net-zero emission economies?
2021 is a make or break year for people and the planet. The international community needs to orchestrate a sustainable recovery from the pandemic while delivering more ambitious commitments to protect nature and ensure a climate safe future. In LAC, there is the added challenge of responding to tough issues such as inequality, poverty and unemployment, which COVID-19 has … [Read more...] about 5 ways countries’ decarbonization and resilience plans matter for sustainable recovery
Last week, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, announced that the central objective of the UN for 2021 will be to build a Global Coalition for Carbon Neutrality. He stated that he firmly believes that “2021 can be a new kind of leap year — the year of a quantum leap towards carbon neutrality”. With 110 countries having committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 there is … [Read more...] about 41 billion reasons why Costa Rica’s progress on decarbonization can inspire the world
On August 12, 2020, the IDB hosted a webinar on how the Blue Economy can help to spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean after COVID-19. The event aimed to promote the Blue Economy as a key driver for recovery, raise awareness of the importance of ocean and coastal resources beyond fisheries and tourism and highlight the IDB’s agenda on this … [Read more...] about Can the Blue Economy spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean?