Increasing seasonal heat can push workers past their physiological limits, threatening occupational health and local economies. This fact should be included in the economic analysis of climate change costs, explains Tord Kjellstrom of the UNU International Institute for Global Health.
A former Wall Street professional turned activist explains that while kicking the polluters out of climate change negotiations may sound like wishful thinking, there is a precedent: the global effort to regulate the tobacco industry.
At a special “Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change” during next week’s climate summit, a world-renowned forest ecologist will present his idea of how to make a paradigm shift to change the deforestation/climate crisis into a revolution.
A new report launched one week before this year’s UN climate summit, which will convene an unprecedented number of world leaders, shows that future economic growth does not need to copy the high carbon path that development has taken to date.
Opening the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that deliberations and decisions made during the two-day event will reverberate across the world, with concrete impacts on the lives of millions.
More carbon dioxide was emitted into our atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 than in any other year since 1984, putting humans on the fast track toward irreversible global warming, the United Nation’s weather agency said in a report released Tuesday.
Ecological economist Herman Daly explains how the macro-economy is part of the larger natural economy and so its growth does inflict opportunity costs on the finite whole that must be counted. Ignoring this fact leads many economists to believe that growth in GDP could never be uneconomic, which it clearly can be, he argues.
While Africa’s agricultural sector is greatly in need of private sector investment, a rapidly spreading large-scale public-private partnership model is unproven and risky, especially for smallholder farmers and the poor, argues Oxfam’s Pan Africa Director.
UNU-WIDER alumnus Vladimir Popov explains the role inequality and institutions have played in seeing the West’s economic growth vastly outpace that of the South.
Since the end of the cold war, the UN Security Council has used sanctions in response to many crises of international peace and security. UNU alumnus Peter Nadin argues that, in spite of their simple logic, sanctions simply do not guarantee total, immediate or even partial compliance.
While other tools such as visa policy, border controls, prevention of illegal employment and removal of unauthorized migrants have frequently been examined, the legalization of irregular immigrants through regularization programmes has received less attention.
With a range of experiments underway to boost the cost-effectiveness of harnessing fog for fresh water, scientists think they are on the cusp of moving the technology to an industrial level.