- To achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, targets have to be set and progress measured.
- When it comes to climate change, that assessment is called the “global stocktake.”
- Different countries have different ways of collating data, making it hard to forge international comparisons.
- Limited attention to climate action measurement risks misunderstanding climate progress and designing unattainable climate targets.
- African tropical mountain forests are not only carbon-rich: they are also rich in biodiversity.
- Research recently published in Nature shows that tropical mountain forests in Africa actually store as much carbon per hectare as those found in African lowlands.
- This is because, although African tropical mountain forests have fewer trees than their lowland counterparts, they have a greater abundance of large trees (over 70cm in diameter), whose increased mass means they hold on to more carbon.
- On the agenda at the IUCN Congress in Marseille is awareness that investment in a vibrant natural world opens the door to sustainable and sustained prosperity.
- Forward-thinking business leaders understand that nature and economics are inextricably linked.
- Industry leaders need to change the measures of growth, bring the true value of nature into market pricing and ensure demands on nature do not exceed the ability to supply.
- Digitization of services is on the rise, with digital inclusion affecting access to healthcare, education and financial services.
- Business, government and civil society recognize the societal and economic imperative to invest in digital inclusion, which is vital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Digital inclusion bonds can have a pivotal impact on building a more prosperous and equitable world.
- Data privacy exchanged for frictionless convenience is being compromised, stolen and leaked with disturbing regularity.
- People do not consciously put a price on their online privacy and most are unaware of how much data they are voluntarily sharing.
- We need a more coordinated approach across the public and private sector to tackle cyber security and enhance data protection.
Renewable electricity grid increases EV sustainability. Source: ABB
- Heavy-duty trucks are responsible for 25% of global road emissions, despite only representing 1% of total fleet vehicles.
- To successfully decarbonize heavy-duty transportation the public and private sector must join forces.
- We outline how a collaborative effort can overcome existing barriers to build a sustainable and affordable industry.
Gita Gopinath writes: The global economic recovery continues, but with a widening gap between advanced economies and many emerging market and developing economies. Our latest global growth forecast of 6 percent for 2021 is unchanged from the previous outlook, but the composition has changed.
Keith E. Sonderling writes: After a year that witnessed unemployment reach levels unseen since the Great Depression, the Great Rehiring is upon us – and AI is likely to play a significant role in it. Employers, especially those who need to hire rapidly and in large numbers, are turning to AI-driven technologies such as resume-screening programs, automated interviews, and mobile hiring apps to rebuild their workforces. To the millions of employees who were displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, these technologies can mean a fast track back into the workplace. And to the businesses whose doors were shuttered by the pandemic, these technologies are an efficient path back to profitability.
Matthew Oliver writes: More than 1.1 million people die from hepatitis B and C every year. An estimated 296 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis B, but only 2% of those are receiving treatment. For hepatitis C, which is curable, only 21% of the 58 million people worldwide who are affected by the disease are diagnosed, and fewer than two-thirds of those are on treatment.