​Marine Protected Areas will be a topic for discussion at the IUCN World Parks Congress, which is opening today in Sydney.  And it should be: MPAs—which are marine spaces that restrict human…

Amanda Feuerstein |

By Valerie Hickey and Habiba Gitay At the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity happening right now in Korea, there has been a lot of talk about adaptation. Most…

Valerie Hickey, Habiba Gitay |

International trade has a critical role to play in environmental protection and the effort to mitigate climate change. While it certainly isn’t always framed this way, it is important to realize…

Miles McKenna, Jaime de Melo, Mariana Vijil |

Stunning photos we usually associate with the Pacific Islands often overlook the reality for many who live there. Faced with natural hazards and remoteness, they are some of the most vulnerable…

Denis Jordy |

Also available in Français | Español | 中文 In January, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim urged the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos to look closely at a young, promising form of…

Heike Reichelt, Alexandra Klöpfer |

Traffic in Dhaka. Arne Hoel/World Bank Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, has been dubbed as “the traffic capital of the world” because of its chaotic traffic and frequent traffic jams. Some…

Ke Fang |

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is an independent funding mechanism with its own review and approval process.  It partners with a number of institutions, including the World Bank, to prepare…

Suiko Yoshijima |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @chyiyunhuang and @shomik_raj   A recent trip to Addis Ababa really brought the imperatives of transit-oriented development as a complement to mass transit…

Chyi-Yun Huang, Shomik Mehndiratta |

In September, the world’s top scientists said the human influence on climate was clear. Last month, they warned of increased risks of a rapidly warming planet to our economies, environment, food…

Rachel Kyte |

Interview Water is a scarce commodity: we should take care of it. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region there is really very little choice. The region only receives about two percent…

Inger Andersen |