World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, criticizing current efforts to address climate change, announced recently that the World Bank will be increasing its own interventions, reports John Parnell at RTCC. “To date, I believe our efforts to combat climate change have been too narrowly focused, small scale and uncoordinated. We can do better,” he said. Kim also announced a goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, which, he said, would need adequate action on climate change. “Climate change is not just an environmental challenge. It is a fundamental threat to economic development and the fight against poverty,” he said, noting that without action we would leave our children and grandchildren an unrecognizable planet. “We are exploring a number of bold ideas, including new mechanisms to support and connect carbon markets; politically feasible plans to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies; increased investments in climate-smart agriculture; and innovative partnerships to build clean cities,” he said. International development efforts are currently guided by the Millennium Development Goals which expire in 2015. They are expected to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals, which are likely to have stronger environmental components.
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World Bank plans to take lead in climate challenge (via RTCC) http://www.rtcc.org/world-bank-plans-to-take-lead-in-climate-challenge/
Also: World Bank president says global warming threatens planet and poorest (via Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/world-bank-chief-says-global-warming-threatens-the-planet-and-the-poorest/2013/04/02/caa73842-9ba7-11e2-9a79-eb5280c81c63_story.html