With 85% of people living off the land — farms or pastoralism — drought from climate change is a big deal in Ethiopia

Cross-posted from NCRonline ADIGRAT, ETHIOPIA As Ethiopia emerges from the worst drought in decades, you’ll have to look very hard to find the expected results of severe drought: emaciated children, skin-and-bones cattle, malnourished nursing mothers desperate for food, skeletal elders hovering in doorways. Unlike the horrifying images that garnered world attention during Ethiopia’s infamous drought from 1983 to 1985, most of …

South Korea requires diesel free zones and 30% EVs by 2020 on the way to cleaner air

As part of a plan to reduce growing air-pollution problems, the government of South Korea will be toughening restrictions on the use of old diesel vehicles, according to recent reports. In addition to these efforts, the government will also be working to promote the use of “environmentally-friendly vehicles” (electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, etc) through various means. The Kia Soul EV …

New power demand in China being met by clean energy, as China meets emission reduction goals 3-4 years ahead of schedule

China’s 13th five-year plan is quite possibly the most important document in the world in setting the pace of acting on climate change. With the first draft of the energy sector plan likely released in June, and the overarching strategy intriguingly promising to ‘enhance’ its climate contributions, the stakes are high. However, the kind of climate action once expected to be laid out in the plan is …

Dutch and Finnish pilots for a universal basic income

The Dutch city of Utrecht is developing a pilot project for a universal basic income that will launch in January 2017. The Finnish government is designing a trial to see whether giving low-income people a guaranteed basic income destroys their motivation to do any work at all, as critics allege. The idea is not going away because most “real” jobs …

How Mossack Fonseca (Panama Papers firm) went beyond simply creating shell companies to helping and suggesting how US clients escape tax rules

 The law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, Mossack Fonseca, helped many of its American clients evade U.S. tax and transparency laws, according to an investigation by the New York Times published Monday.  Documents including “confidential emails, copies of passports, ledgers of bank transactions and even the various code names used to refer to clients” show that …

Indigenomics: building sustainability and long-term ecological alignment with our values, bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development

Carol Anne Hilton wants Canadians to add a new word to their dictionary: Indigenomics.  Definition: The practice of bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development.  Hilton, who is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage, launched the word four years ago as a Twitter hashtag: #Indigenomics. Canada, says Hilton, needs a new language to move toward reconciliation. It’s a language she speaks …

Outdoor pollution has risen 8% in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, WHO data shows

“It is crucial for city and national governments to make urban air quality a health and development priority,” said Dr Carlos Dora, co-ordinator of the WHO’s Interventions for Healthy Environment program. “When air quality improves, health costs from air pollution related diseases shrink, worker productivity expands and life expectancy grows. Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past …

Wealth concentration and lack of inclusiveness threaten productivity and growth, according to OCED economists

Our global economy will never become more productive, the developed world’s official economic research agency suggests, if we continue to let wealth concentrate. The world’s most high-profile “advanced” corporations are manipulating their market power to extract unearned “rents” from the rest of us. The “better-off everywhere” are exploiting their advantages in everything from income and wealth to health and education …