El Niño is back and may be stronger than ever.   A wooden boat is seen stranded on the dry cracked riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank ​Consider this: By the time you had breakfast this morning, the world’s urban population grew by some 15, 000 people. This number will increase to 180, 000 people…

Keith Hansen |

The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the recent U.N. General Assembly meetings brought especially welcome news: The future we want now officially includes universal health…

Daniel Cotlear |

This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region. The blog series is a  lead up to the South Asia Economic…

Prabha Chandran |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

Did you know that about 3.7 million people worldwide died in 2012 from diseases related to ambient air pollution? That is nearly the population of the city of Los Angeles expiring every year from…

Paula Caballero |

Translating Words into Action World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change Rachel Kyte speaks from the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction underway in Sendai, Japan,…

Rachel Kyte |

Cyclone Pam, March 13, 2015. Satellite image via NASA It’s one of the harsh realities of today.  Just as representatives from around the globe began to gather in Sendai, Japan, for an…

Rachel Kyte |