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• Published on 24 Sept. 2014 • Category : nyforum • Tags : Climate
Fight Against Climate Change Seen Driving Economic GrowthGovernment and industry leaders need not choose between fighting climate change or growing the world’s economy. They can do both, according to a new study.Countries can expand their economies through emissions reductions in cities, land use and energy, according to a report released today by the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, a panel set up by seven nations including the U.K. to advise on the best ways to tackle global warming.The report, which found that about $90 trillion will be invested in city infrastructure over the next 15 years, comes a week before world leaders head(...)
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• Published on 23 Sept. 2014 • Category : nyforum • Tags : climate
Errors and Emissions: Could Fighting Global Warming Be Cheap and Free?Paul Krugman for The New York TimesThis just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news?I’ve just been reading two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change: a big study by a blue-ribbon international group, the New Climate Economy Project, and a working paper from the International Monetary Fund. Both claim that strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth, and might actually lead to faster growth. This may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. These are s(...)
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• Published on 23 Sept. 2014 • Category : nyforum • Tags : Climate
Climate is too important to be left to the politiciansDon Tapscott is the author of 15 books about new media and business and society. He directs the Global Solution Network Program at The Rotman School, University of Toronto, which is investigating partnership models of global problem solving and governance.Tuesday’s Climate Summit at the United Nations is unprecedented. Even though it is not part of the UN’s official negotiating process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this could be the most important and productive meeting on climate change ever held. In addition to heads of member states, it’s bringing together leaders at the high(...)
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• Published on 09 May 2013 • Category : nyforum
Agriculture and Africa’s FutureAfrica’s agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent’s economy and its people. A recent report from the African Development Bank Group has noted that advancements in agriculture would have a direct and positive effect on poverty. “The development impact of agricultural productivity growth for the African region is hard to over-emphasize,” the authors wrote. Continent-wide, agriculture is on course to create 8 million stable jobs in the decade to 2020 but could add 6 million more by expanding large-scale commercial farm(...)
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• Published on 05 May 2013 • Category : nyforum
An African Ivy LeagueAs African economies boom and businesses are created, one of the big questions this growth raises is that of third-level education: how can Africa develop a knowledge infrastructure to rival that of the west, a sort of Harvard University in Africa? And what should African philanthropists do to foster the development of top quality educational institutions?There are two main elements to a knowledge infrastructure across a continent or country: firstly, the actual buildings and practical resources; and second, the soft component, such as knowledge and people, the students who go abroad and then (...)
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