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Turn down the heat : climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience – full report (English)

ABSTRACT This report focuses on the risks of climate change to development in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and South Asia. Building on the 2012 report, Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, this new scientific analysis examines the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on agricultural production, water resources, and coastal vulnerability for affected populations. It finds many significant climate and development impacts are already being felt in some regions, and in some cases multiple threats of increasing extreme heat waves, sea level rise, more severe storms, droughts and floods are expected to have further severe negative implications for the poorest. […]

World Bank dictates India’s food policy

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Tarun Nangia Express News ServiceLast Updated : 05 Jun 2011 09:46:11 AM IST NEWDELHI: The World Bank and a pliant UPA Government plan to do away with India’s public distribution system and shut down four lakh ration shops. The excuse-the Public Distribution System (PDS) spends Rs 45,000 crore every year to supply BPL families wheat, rice, kerosene and sugar of which 60 per cent of grain is looted by the food mafia. The 412page ‘World Bank Report: Social Protection for Changing India’, released on May 17, advocates a cashforgrain scheme under which women will be given Rs 1,100 per month for food. The World Bank doesn’t tell us how this […]

Independent People's Tribunal Charges the World Bank of Human Rights Abuse and Environmental Damage in India

World Bank Tribunal Jury Findings A thirteen member panel consisting of prominent Indian and international jurists, economists, scientists, retied government officials, and social and religious leaders have found the World Bank guilty of harming the environment and lowering the standard of living for most Indians. From 21 – 24 September 2007, the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus was the venue for an Independent People’s Tribunal on the World Bank Group in India. It was the first time a broad spectrum of Indian society has come together to look at the damage caused by the World Bank to the country as a whole. Affected communities, expert witnesses, and over 40 concerned groups […]

India down as World Bank ups its poverty threshold

ENS Economic Bureau Posted online: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 The number swelled to 456 million in 2005 from 420 million in 1981 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26: Compared with 1981, 36 million more Indians are now living below the poverty line, according to the new poverty estimate released by the World Bank. Based on new data and higher costs of living across the world, the World Bank has revised its threshold of poverty to less than $1.25 a day, up from the previous measure of one dollar a day. And this redefinition paints a sorry picture of the poverty scenario for Indian policymakers in particular. As per the new definition, the […]

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