IMF and World Bank must act fast after Covid caught policymakers napping

In 2020, the tide went out for the global economy and just about everybody was caught skinny-dipping.

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Fatima Bhutto: Pakistan’s most terrifying adversary is climate change

The country debates women’s honor inexhaustibly but pays little attention to the ferocious and imminent dangers of climate disasters.

Behavioral contagion could spread the benefits of a carbon tax

It’s not too late to fight climate change with a long-overdue policy that would have surprisingly broad impact, an economist says.

The casualties of Chennai's River restoration

Officials are evicting nearly 60,000 families in the name of environmentalism.

The global coronavirus crisis is poised to get much, much worse

What happens when the pandemic strikes nations of millions of people that have only a half-dozen ventilators?

World Bank accused over ExxonMobil plans to tap Guyana oil rush

The World Bank is to pay for Guyana's oil laws to be rewritten by a legal firm that has regularly worked for ExxonMobil, just as the US producer prepares to extract as much as 8bn barrels of oil off the country's coast.


G20 sounds alarm over climate emergency despite US objections

The G20 group of the world's wealthiest nations have agreed for the first time to collectively sound the alarm over the threat to the financial system posed by the climate emergency.


World Bank issues its first 'green loan' to Vietnam

A division of the World Bank has just made its first so-called "green loan" to a bank in Vietnam, meant for businesses to help with environmental problems in a nation that has one of the world's highest emissions rates relative to its economy.


Climate change protests will surround the World Bank and block traffic Friday morning

Protesters plan to take to the District's streets Friday morning, blocking roads around the World Bank headquarters and possibly disrupting the commute.


‘Our river was like a god': How dams and China's might imperil the Mekong

A river system that feeds millions of people is in danger of being starved of the nutrients needed to sustain its life.

Investing in climate adaptation can stimulate trillions in benefits: Report

Climate change is here, disrupting our lives, changing crop cycles, and bringing about destruction, drought and death in various parts of the world.


Whatever happened to the kids whose lead levels were off the charts?

They live in the lead-contaminated village of Kabwe, Zambia. A World Bank loan for lead cleanup offered reason for hope. A new report assesses the current situation.

World Bank signs geothermal investment agreement with Dominica, Caribbean

The World Bank has agreed to provide funding for the 7 MW in Dominica, which aims to provide a greener, more cost-efficient, and climate-resilient source of energy to the island nation.

World Bank commits $22.5 billion more to Africa for climate change

World Bank Group announced Thursday it is providing USD$22.5 billion to Africa for climate mitigation and adaptation across five years beginning with 2021, adding to the $17 billion already committed.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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