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Rethinking Food Trade Amid Extreme Weather

Farmers plant rice in Thailand. (♥siebe ©/Flickr)
Sustainability

Peter Timmer speculates on what the increase in "extreme weather" means for the global food trade.

Asian Countries Must 'Act Decisively' Before Climate-Related Disasters

Ningxia Yinyi wind farm. Ningxia Province, China. (Land Rover Our Planet/Flickr)
Sustainability

Ravi Narayanan of the Asia Pacific Water Forum discusses the need for disaster preparedness among both developing and developed Asian countries.

Better Climate Forecasting the Best Way to Protect Farmers

Wheat crop, India. (Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank/Flickr)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable about the growing concern that the world’s food supply is in serious danger over the long run. What can the developing and developed countries of Asia do to make their agricultural sector more resilient in the face of future climate shocks? How can these countries cope with a potentially crisis-inducing rise in food prices, growth in population, and increase in demand?

Expert: Research on Food Crops Still Underfunded

Harvesting grain, India. (Ray Witlin/World Bank/Flickr)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable about the growing concern that the world's food supply is in serious danger over the long run. What can the developing and developed countries of Asia do to make their agricultural sector more resilient in the face of future climate shocks? How can these countries cope with a potentially crisis-inducing rise in food prices, growth in population, and increase in demand?

The Right Response to the Food Crisis

A farmer tills fields in Nigeria. (Yosef Hadar/World Bank/Flickr)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable about the growing concern that the world’s food supply is in serious danger over the long run. What can the developing and developed countries of Asia do to make their agricultural sector more resilient in the face of future climate shocks? How can these countries cope with a potentially crisis-inducing rise in food prices, growth in population, and increase in demand?

Before the Gold Rush: A Call for Responsible Mining in Afghanistan

A man melts gold to be re-formed as jewelry in a shop in Herat, Afghanistan, on Feb. 27, 2010. Undeveloped gold and other mineral deposits in Afghanistan have the potential to transform its economy. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
Sustainability

Simran Sethi discusses the importance of considering society and environment when developing Afghanistan's mining industry.

Experts: Binding Global Agreements Needed to Tackle Climate Change

Skyscrapers are reflected on a man-made lake as a cloud hovers overhead in Singapore in Apr. 2007. Desalination and recycled water are key to addressing the world's growing thirst for the precious resource, officials said here. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change? 

In Dealing with Climate Change, Cities the Right Place to Start

An aerial view of buildings standing out amid haze engulfing Wuhan, central China's Hubei province on Dec. 3, 2009. China will need to invest up to 30 billion dollars a year to meet its goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the state press said, citing an academic study. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?

What Cities Can, and Can't, Do in Fight Against Climate Change

This image contrasting Manila's financial district with a squatter colony on the banks of the Pasig River (foreground) suggests some of the challenges facing Asia's cities as the effects of climate change become a reality in the 21st century. (Joel Nito/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?

Himalayan Meltdown: New Climate Change Film to Screen at Asia Society

Sustainability

Co-produced by the UN Development Programme, Arrowhead Films and Discovery Channel Asia, Himalayan Meltdown examines how the shrinking Himalayan glaciers and rising sea levels are affecting people in China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal.