Aerial view of the landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. © Kate Evans/CIFOR This blog post was originally published on Project Syndicate. Today, only 30% of the world…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Anna Wellenstein |

In his “The People of the Abyss, ” novelist Jack London describes in grim detail a devastating storm that rocked London in the early 20th century. Residents suffered terribly—some losing as much…

Stéphane Hallegatte |

The Middle East and North Africa region is on the front lines of climate change.  According to the World Bank report Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 ͦ C Warmer World Must be Avoided (WB, 2012), the…

Simon Thacker |

​Participants at the first Community Practitioners Academy meeting, which was held ahead of the Fourth Global Platform for Disaster Reduction in Generva. - Photos: Margaret Arnold/World Bank…

Margaret Arnold |

        Blood pressures are rising in the Middle East and North Africa and they show little sign of cooling down. They began simmering over shishas in el kahawi (coffeehouses) in Tahrir Square,…

Aakanksha H Pande |

También disponible en español The earthquake in Costa Rica caused serious damage, including to major national utilities such as the water network. More than 1.3 million people in San Jose depend…

Fernando Ramírez |

También disponible en español  No two earthquakes in the world cause equal damage, according to scientists. This is particularly true in Latin America, a land of contrasts. Whereas in 2010, an…

Niels Holm-en |