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Monday, April 11, 2016
World Bank Finally Ready to Move on Climate
Better late, than never?
"Following the Paris climate agreement, we must now take bold action to protect our planet for future generations," World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. "Developing countries want our help to implement their national climate plans, and we'll do all we can to help them."
Billions of dollars in new investments for renewables and other efforts envisioned by 2020.
WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- The World Bank said it was standing ready to offer its unique leverage on the global stage to help address the growing challenges of climate change.
Laura Tuck, a vice president in charge of sustainable development at the World Bank, said the effort to control climate change should be broad in scope and move beyond immediate energy measures to include sectors ranging from transportation to disaster risk management.
The leading general and one-time regent, Pausanias, sent one of his slaves with a message to the Persian King. Sensing that something was fishy about this, the slave, Argilios, opened the letter and found that Pausanias was offering to support the Persians if they invaded Greece. More than that, the general suggested that the Persians ought to kill the messenger delivering the letter, just to be sure of secrecy.
Okay, it sounds far-fetched, but this particular idea is especially noteworthy because of who has advanced it: Clifford Gaddy, an economist who works with the Brookings Institution. Gaddy is one of the foremost Western experts on Russia's economy and a former adviser to the Russian Finance Ministry in the 1990s. Along with Fiona Hill of Brookings, he is one of the co-authors of a well-regarded book on the personality of the Russian leader, "Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin."
The release of the Panama Papers is a bit like the end of The Truman Show, the 1998 film about a man, Truman Burbank, who gradually realizes he’s spent 30 years on the set of a reality TV show in which he’s the star. In the last scene, Truman is sailing a boat when its bow pierces the artificial sky—hinting at a world beyond the show’s set. The leaks, from just one law firm in one country, have similarly pierced the screen that normally conceals a vast network of financial secrecy. But on the other side, there’s a much bigger world that, for most people, remains unexplored.
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