As global confirmed cases of COVID-19 surge toward 15 million, temperatures recently struck 38 degrees Celsius in the Russian Arctic. And while government officials urge people to wear masks, wash their hands and physically distance from each other, we cannot distance ourselves from the climate emergency. Turbocharged by rising ocean temperatures, the 2020 Atlantic … [Read more...] about Long-term decarbonization strategies can guide Latin America’s sustainable recovery
On May 28, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno hosted an event with Lord Nicolas Stern, professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on the importance of climate change policy and what a sustainable recovery from the pandemic could look like. In his introduction, President Moreno said that despite the very difficult challenges countries face to protect … [Read more...] about What does a sustainable recovery look like after COVID-19?
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 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?
In the Latin American and Caribbean region, infrastructure is critical for economic growth and improving human well-being, but poorly planned projects can cause significant conflicts. The nature of these conflicts is dynamic and multidimensional, often the result of the interaction of environmental, social, governance, and economic drivers over a long period. As the study we … [Read more...] about How to reduce and fix conflicts in infrastructure projects