IMF, World Bank, OECD Release Economic Growth Forecasts

11 January 2018: The latest World Economic Update by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that global economic activity continues to strengthen, with global output estimated to have grown by 3.7% in 2017, or 0.1% faster than projected. The World Bank published its report on ‘Global Economic Prospects,’ showing an upswing that could contribute to … Continue reading IMF, World Bank, OECD Release Economic Growth Forecasts

UK, Israel Reduce Plastic Pollution, the Theme of World Environment Day

19 February: As the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) announced that the theme for World Environment Day will be ‘Beat Plastic Pollution,’ the UK and Israel have taken steps to reduce their country’s use of plastic and fight pollution in the world’s oceans. Recent actions include banning microbeads, phasing out the use of … Continue reading UK, Israel Reduce Plastic Pollution, the Theme of World Environment Day

IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

19 February 2018: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report on cost effective opportunities for the expansion of renewable energy deployment in the EU. IRENA prepared the report, which is titled, “Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union,” at the request of the European Commission to determine pathways to meet the European … Continue reading IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

4 February 2018: A ‘Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism’ (TERM) report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) analyzes drivers behind the increasingly negative environmental impact of Europe’s shipping and aviation industries, and offers policy recommendations to reverse the trend. The report titled, ‘Aviation and shipping — impacts on Europe’s environment’ identifies barriers to change and recommends … Continue reading EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

UNDP Showcases ‘State of Sustainable Development’ Around the World

January 2018: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has highlighted actions being taken by countries to accelerate implementation of the SDGs. The multimedia review, titled, ‘State of Sustainable Development,’ features communities and countries that are working to achieve the SDGs, with case studies on increasing access to water in Nepal, promoting recycling and sustainable development in … Continue reading UNDP Showcases ‘State of Sustainable Development’ Around the World