It’s World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8th and it is time to acknowledge that its condition is very poor. We’ve all seen the dramatic pictures of the plastic being removed from the insides of marine birds, whales, and all kinds of fish. The same grim picture of plastic trash in the marine algae, specifically sargassum, covering many of the beaches, can be seen in many of the … [Read more...] about World Oceans Day: What’s up with all the Sargassum?
Last year the top climate scientist of the world presented a report that answers the call nations tasked them to study: what will be the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and what paths could the world take to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C? The answer to the first question is grim: What is at stake if we do not stabilize climate change … [Read more...] about Is it possible to achieve carbon-free prosperity?
This blog was originally posted by La Republica When President Alvarado unveiled Costa Rica’s decarbonization plan in March, he began by emphasizing that for it to be successful, the plan would need to improve lives for ordinary Costa Ricans. In doing so, Alvarado demonstrated how he considers climate change as a development issue deserving of the same political attention … [Read more...] about What climate leadership looks like
The achievement of the Paris Agreement is compromised. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) presented today cannot limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Thus, it is extremely urgent to accelerate the transformation of the global economy to avoid more extreme climate impacts. Ambition is the keyword of the COP 25 in Chile: countries, under the ambition … [Read more...] about NDC Invest strengthens collaboration for an operational and ambitious Paris Agreement
Access to adequate housing is a universal human right. That is why the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been working in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) for many years to eliminate the housing gap through an extensive variety of options that range from direct housing construction, to support for housing social subsidies through credit lines to the development … [Read more...] about Innovative social housing and green procurement. How do they relate?