Countries everywhere have committed to fighting climate change but many are still subsidising fossil fuels, investing little in green technologies, failing to put a realistic price on carbon, and allowing transport emissions to grow. Much more can and should be done.
In the run up to Rio+20, governments must seize new opportunities to ensure that green growth - strong economies and a clean environment - offer the potential to increase the well-being of all citizens in all countries.
Tackling climate change may be costly, but not tackling it will cost even more. And the longer we wait to act, the more our environment, our health and our economies will be damaged. Find out more about the likely impacts of rising GHG concentrations on global temperature, and how that will affect all of us.
Average global temperature could rise by 3-6 degrees Celsius by 2100 if we don’t act. To keep the rise to 2 degrees Celsius, we need to have net zero emissions by the end of the century. Emissions would need to peak by 2030 to give us a fighting chance of achieving this.
Expo Milano 2015 will place a special focus on food security in the region during Sahel and West Africa Week 2015, which runs in Milan from 26 to 30 October. The week’s events are designed to raise awareness of Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” from a West African perspective.
20 October is World Statistics Day 2015 – Better Data. Better Lives. Are our lives getting better? Are we measuring the right things?
The vast majority of workers in low- and middle-income countries still work in agriculture and elementary occupation or in blue collar jobs. More surprisingly, this is also the case in several developed OECD countries, despite talk of the digital revolution and knowledge-based economy.
Combining work and study helps young people develop the skills needed in today’s job market and makes the transitions from school to work shorter and smoother.
Although the present Château de la Muette is modern (circa 1920) and was built at some distance from where the original château stood, the site is steeped in the history of France.
Government debt has risen sharply in most OECD countries. The OECD-wide gross debt-to-GDP ratio increased from 73% of GDP in 2007 to 111% in 2013, the highest ratio since the aftermath of the Second World War. Taking into account various criteria, the OECD suggests that gross debt above about 80% of GDP has detrimental consequences for growth.