The delegates and observers at the COP16 in Cancun are getting an earful about Blue Carbon—shorthand for atmospheric carbon sequestered in the earth’s coastal and nearshore environments. Oceans…

Marea E. Hatziolos |

In early 2009, the U.S.-based multinational Halliburton paid $579 million to the U.S. government to settle charges it had bribed Nigerian officials to win a contract.  In late 2008 the German…

Jean Pierre Brun |

KERIS -- at the cutting edge Over 100 education policymakers from 32 countries gathered last week in Seoul to share lessons, experiences and opinions in response to the following question: How…

Michael Trucano |

A few years ago I proudly put a sticker on my bicycle that claimed one should ‘bike local’ in order to ‘think global.’  These days, it seems that the car is unavoidable in the majority of growing…

Julie Babinard |

What would support for climate change adaptation look like if it were designed to meet the needs of those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change?   It might, for example, offer…

Robin Mearns |

Most educational interventions are widely considered successful if they increase test-scores -- which indicate cognitive ability. Presumably, this is because higher test-scores in school imply…

Jishnu Das |

A power substation in Yingxhou, Sichuan Province was almost totally destroyed in the magnitude 7.9 Sichuan-Wenchuan earthquake in 2008. The statistics are startling. 75% of global flood mortality…

Abhas Jha |

World Bank Open Forum: On October 7-8, the world's financial leaders will be in Washington, D.C., working together to find solutions to the most pressing issues in the wake of the financial…

Joe Qian |

It is part of World Bank tradition that, just before retiring, a staff member sends a short email to his/her colleagues to express how much they have enjoyed the challenges of working here, the…

Tony Whitten |

The author testing to see if this pebble is indeed a fossil bone

Tony Whitten |