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2015
 

BLOG
Understanding urban land markets in West Africa by Alain Durand-Lasserve, Maÿlis Durand-Lasserve, and Harris Selod (Africa Can End Poverty blog, December 10, 2015)

BLOG
How roads support development by Claudia Berg, Uwe Deichmann, and Harris Selod (Let’s Talk Development blog, December 8, 2015)

RESEARCH DIGEST
Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods in Bangladesh. Climate change has serious implications for poverty, underscoring the imperative for policy planning to cope with its effects
Susmita Dasgupta, Md. Moqbul Hossain, Mainul Huq, and David Wheeler, Fall 2015

RESEARCH DIGEST
The Need for Broader Information in Climate Change Assessment. Complementing economic analysis with other types of information could increase its usefulness in assessing climate change 
Michael Toman, Fall 2015

RESEARCH DIGEST
Effectiveness of Protected Areas. Does legal protection slow deforestation? A study uses newly available high-resolution data to investigate 
Brian Blankespoor, Susmita Dasgupta, and David Wheeler, Fall 2015

PODCAST
Ten years from Katrina: How can countries defend themselves from the next big hurricane?
Listen to the Nature podcast with Edward Barbier and Susmita Dasgupta, August 20, 2015 (6:58).

BLOG
Left unattended, 5.3 million of Bangladesh’s poor will be vulnerable to the effects of climate change in 2050
Susmita Dasgupta ,April 6, 2015

STORY
Salinity Intrusion in a Changing Climate Scenario will Hit Coastal Bangladesh Hard
February 2015: Climate change is likely to increase river salinity, soil salinity, and create higher dependency ratios, poverty incidence and out-migration rate for working-age adults.

 

2014

STORY
Controlling Global Climate Change
September 2014: In this research talk, Mike Toman described the task of mitigating global climate change as a "wicked problem." It presents great scientific and economic complexity, very deep uncertainties, profound ethical issues, and even lack of agreement on what the problem is.

BLOG
Valuing preservation of the Amazon rainforest
Jon Strand, September 9, 2014

BLOG
Internet or Toilets
Uwe Deichmann, July 21, 2014 

BLOG
River Salinity in Coastal Bangladesh in a Changing Climate
Susmita Dasgupta, March 31, 2014

BLOG
Addressing Household Air Pollution: A Case Study in Rural Madagascar
Susmita Dasgupta and Paul Martin, January 9, 2014


2013

STORY
Power Line Projects Create Significant “Indirect” Jobs, Aug. 14, 2013

RESEARCH DIGEST
Biodiversity and National Accounting
Kirk Hamilton, Summer 2013

BLOG
Fuel charges in international Aviation and shipping: How high, how, and why?
Jon Strand, April 17, 2013.

BLOG
What is the Bank’s principal mission on climate finance and mitigation?
Jon Strand, March 22, 2013
 

STORY
Coastal Wetlands Highly Vulnerable to Sea-Level Rise
March 1, 2013 

BLOG
Habitat Threats for Tigers (Slides)
Susmita Dasgupta, January 28, 2013.
 

 

2012
RESEARCH ROUNDUPS

Environment and Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa (2009-2012)
September 2012:  This roundup features research on unifying the regional economic space in East Africa, effective and efficient water policies, how increases in biofuels production will affect both land use and food supply, electricity reform needed to mitigate unsustainable groundwater use in agriculture, incentives to cooperate on bilateral water treaties, increasing access to electricity in Africa, climate change and agriculture adaptation strategies, how regionalizing African infrastructure can bring substantial economic gains, coastal risks from sea-level rise and storm surges

Environment, Energy, and Sustainable Development (2008-2011)
January 2012: The roundup features research on energy, environment, water, climate change, as well as cross-cutting issues like urban-regional development and infrastructure within the larger context of environmental sustainability and economic efficiency in advancing growth and poverty reduction.

 


2011

STORY
How Global Biofuel Expansion Could Affect the Economy, Environment and Food Supply
June 27, 2011

 

2010

BLOG
Where is the Wealth of Nations?
Kirk Hamilton, October 26, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT
Paper on Country Stakes in Climate Change Wins a Prize
Dec. 2010: The first annual prize for excellence was awarded by the journal Climate Policy with support from TerraCarbon, Joanneum Research, and Climate Strategies. In
 announcing the award of the inaugural 2010 Schlamadinger Prize the panel of judges cited the paper’s innovative focus on developing countries; construction of a comprehensive geo-referenced database of indicators; thorough analysis; and timeliness as an input for international negotiations on carbon emissions mitigation and adaptation assistance. The authors are donating the prize money (1,000 euros) to Solar Aid, an NGO that promotes rural solar power development in East and Southern Africa.

Country Stakes in Climate Change Negotiations: Two Dimensions of Vulnerability
Piet Buys
, Uwe Deichmann, Craig Meisner (World Bank); Thao Ton That (UNEP/GRID Geneva):
David Wheeler (Center for Global Development)
Climate Change 9(3): 288-305 (2009).


2009

KNOWLEDGE IN DEVELOPMENT NOTES
December 2009: Background on current development issues based on research from inside and outside the World Bank.
arrowhighlight.gif Climate change & development 
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RESEARCH BRIEF
Toxic Waste from Obsolete Pesticides—A Growing Threat in Developing Countries 
November 2009: Abandoned pesticide stockpiles pose a growing threat to people and ecosystems in developing countries. A geo-referenced method developed for policy makers in Tunisia is also being presented to Mali and other African countries to prioritize stockpile clean-up as inventories become available.

 

2008

STORY

Climate Change: Likely Impacts on African Crops, Livestock & Farm Types
June 2008: 
Setting the stage for climate change adaptation policies in Africa | Africa's future distribution of crops | How climate change can affect livestock decisions | Will the distribution of farm types change? | Future research directions

BRIEF
Determinants of a Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Spatial Econometric Analysis of Cell Phone Coverage
 
March 2008: Africa exhibits great disparities in coverage by cell telephone systems and in this research, the authors investigate the determinants of these disparities with an econometric model that employs locational information for cell-phone towers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

2007
STORY
WB Research on the Challenges of Adapting to Climate Change
 
December 2007: The World Bank conducts rigorous research on climate change to guide its operational strategies and offer better advice to member countries. An important aspect of this research agenda is its focus on adaptation to climate change – an issue that has received increasing attention since Kyoto. For most UNFCCC parties with relatively low emissions, adaptation is the critical challenge in framing policies that respond to climate change.
 
BRIEF
Country Stakes in Climate Change Negotiations
October 2007: Using a comprehensive geo-referenced database of indicators relating to global change and energy, a set of composite measures were derived to gain insight into countries’ likely attitudes toward international treaties that regulate carbon emissions. When countries are classified according to source and impact vulnerability using these composite measures clear differences emerge in the factors that determine likely negotiating positions. Successful negotiation of a global protocol will likely require compensation and cross-subsidy mechanisms that reflect, at a minimum, the dimensions of vulnerability considered in this study.
BRIEF
Climate Change: The Final Blow for Agriculture in Africa
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August 2007: A recent cross-country study using the Ricardian approach shows that the effects of climate change on the African continent may force large regions of marginal agriculture out of production by the end of this century, while helping others. The study highlights the importance of equipping millions of agriculture-dependent and water-deprived Africans in the most vulnerable countries with the information, technologies, and supporting institutions they need to adapt to further climate deterioration.
RESEARCH DIGEST
Will Markets Direct Investments under the Kyoto Protocol?
Summer 2007: Political aims and cultural ties may influence the placement of emission reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol.
STORY
Climate Changes and Impact on Coastal Countries: Risk of Sea-Level Rise: High Stakes for Developing Countries
February 2007:  The impact of sea level rise from global warming could be catastrophic for many developing countries. The World Bank estimates that even a one meter rise would turn at least 60 million people in the developing world into environmental refugees. This is the finding of a new World Bank working paper, "The impact of sea level rise on developing countries: a comparative analysis."


2006

BRIEF
Road Upgrading and Trade Expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa
December 2006: Improving transport infrastructure in the land-locked interior of Africa is a high priority of the World Bank’s Africa Action Plan. A new research study investigates the likely trade benefits of investing in upgrading and maintaining a trans-African highway network. The estimated benefits are significant. On the road from Bangui in the Central African Republic to Kisangani in Congo DR, for instance, the increase in trade volume is estimated at 793 percent.

STORY
Toxic Pollution from Agriculture: Costs and Remedies 
November 2006: In recent decades, the indiscriminate use of agricultural pesticides has created very serious health and environmental problems in many developing countries. One to five million farm workers are estimated to suffer pesticide poisoning every year (WHO, UNEP) and at least 20,000 die annually from exposure, many of them in developing countries.

STORY
Saving the Forests (Policy Research Report)
October 2006: Preserving the world’s rapidly shrinking tropical forests and improving the economic prospects of millions of poor people requires an urgent strengthening of national forest governance. Globally, this calls for strong financial incentives, says a new World Bank policy research report, "At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction and Environment in the Tropical Forests."

STORY
Disclosing Emissions Information Helps Check Pollution in Asia
April 2006:
 Public disclosure of emissions information has proved very useful in developing countries with obvious regulatory problems, as in joint program with EcoWatch in the Philippines where compliance has increased 50 percent in over 45 rated factories between 1997 and 1998. New research on environmental pollution and health, focusing on implications for people has become part of a broad research program for the World Bank.

STORY
Do Roads Bring Jobs to People? Lessons in Economic Geography
January 2006: Authorities need to better understand the factors that influence location decisions for manufacturing firms, and also need to view the outcomes of potential policy interventions, such as investment in transport infrastructure to imrpove market accessibility of lagging regions, in a new ‘economic geography’ context. 


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