Author: Oswald Chishanga

Redefining Development in the Age of Climate Change

Climate change has slowly grown to be a complex challenge in the early years of the 21st century.  Its effects on development is profound and well documented and if no effective policies and strategies are put in place climate change threatens to reverse or halt any human development achieved thus far. The profound effects that climate change has brought to development are brought out by a World Bank 2015 report which states that  a quarter of the population of developing countries still lives on less than $1.25 a day. One billion people lack clean drinking water; 1.6 billion, electricity; and 3 billion, adequate sanitation. A quarter of all developing-country children are malnourished. In addition development is likely to be halted because developing countries would bear some 75 to 80 percent of the costs of damages caused by the changing climate, (World Bank 2015). OMA Insurance Company estimates that since 1980 insurance companies have paid about USD 2 trillion towards damages caused by climate related incidents. This accounts for 88% of all property loses which brings out the need for people, businesses and countries to put in place measures that reduce the impact of climate change. It should be noted that even 2°C warming above preindustrial temperatures which is the minimum the world is likely to experience could result in permanent reductions in GDP of 4 to 5 percent for...

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Moving Towards a Green Economy

Moving towards a green economy holds considerable potential for advancing human development in the face of potential threats brought about by climate change. A green economy is key in tackling climate change because it facilitates access to clean and safe energy for millions of people. It can also boost social and economic development while contributing to addressing environmental challenges. Moving towards a green economy requires several initiatives that must be undertaken and these include, promoting and adopting the use of renewable energy, promoting organic agriculture and forestry conservation among others. On renewable energy for example, the use of renewable...

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