Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report

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  • Gas flaring, the burning of natural gas associated with oil extraction, takes place due to a range of issues, from market and economic constraints, to a lack of appropriate regulation and political will. The practice results in a range of pollutants released into the atmosphere, including carbon dioxide, methane and black carbon (soot).
  • The Global Gas Flaring Tracker finds that oil production declined by 8% (from 82 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2019 to 76 million b/d in 2020), while global gas flaring reduced by 5% (from 150 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2019 to 142 bcm in 2020).
  • Russia, Iraq, Iran, the United States, Algeria, Venezuela and Nigeria remain the top seven gas flaring countries for nine years running. These seven countries produce 40% of the world’s oil each year, but account for roughly two-thirds (65%) of global gas flaring.

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Deploying Digital Tools to Withstand Climate Change in Low-Income Countries

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climate change is increasing the frequency of natural hazards.
  • Disaster risk management specialists have improved the ability of countries to respond to risks, using a variety of digital technologies.
  • Mapping, micro-tasking and visualizing tools are critical to reduce the impact of climate change in the world’s poorest countries.

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Fighting climate change in the world’s poorest countries

In 2020, swarms of desert locusts descended on northern Kenya in the country’s worst locust 17infestation in 70 years. They ate crops and threatened the food security of 3 million people. Locusts brought similar devastation to some of the poorest countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, as governments and communities braced for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Matching climate change ambition with collective action

Despite contributing the least to the climate crisis, Sub-Saharan Africa, home to over 1 billion matching-climate-change-ambition-collective-action-1140x500people, continues to suffer some of the worst consequences of a changing climate. In 2019, we saw the catastrophic impacts of Cyclone Idai on millions of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, and in 2020, locusts caused widespread food insecurity in the amidst of a global pandemic.

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COVID-19 spurs big changes in Pakistan’s education

 

worldbank_teleschool_artwork_-_copyPakistan’s schools are reopening again today after a nearly uninterrupted 11-month hiatus.  In March 2020, the Government of Pakistan closed all schools as part of a nationwide lockdown, prompting the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFE&PT) to seek education alternatives to ensure learning continuity.

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COVID-19 response: Where we stand now, and the road ahead

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The world is now a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic—both the health emergency and the global economic crisis it has generated. Its impacts have touched every person in every country, causing illness and death, disrupting livelihoods, and potentially pushing an estimated 150 million more people into extreme poverty around the globe by the end of 2021. And while the rapid development of vaccines offers all of us some hope, we know that the pandemic will continue to dominate our lives in 2021.  

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Where Climate Change Is Reality: Supporting Africa’s Sahel Pastoralists to Secure a Resilient Future

One morning in February, in Kaffrine Region, Senegal, Kaffia Diallo emerged from her tent. She praps2is happy; her new grandson was born just two days earlier. “A beautiful baby,” she said, “although I wish he weighed a little more.”

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Climate Finance Helps People Adapt to Change

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  • With tailored solutions, World Bank Group is helping countries confront the economic and environmental impacts of climate change.
  • A growing number of countries have established social safety nets to protect the vulnerable, while climate-smart agriculture projects address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change.
  • Investing in job creation and livelihoods, both in the short term and the longer term, will be a priority for a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

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eC2: Addressing Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation for Mass Transit Systems in Indonesian Cities

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This consultancy assignment will support preparation of technical resilience building guidelines and standards for a proposed Indonesia Mass Transit Program; build staff capacity in the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing; and support sub-national governments in Bandung and Medan as two selected pilot cities of the IMTP. There are two key components: (i) technical report for national-level resilient urban mobility infrastructure planning, design, and operations; (ii) resilient urban mobility diagnostics and investment options for Bandung and Medan to help inform IMTP investments to better withstand hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards, as well as better prepare local transport administrators and operators for disaster shocks.

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Developing countries want more action on climate: The World Bank is stepping up

By Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Managingfloods.jpgDirector of Operations

I have read the many reports that summarize the dire state of the climate and our planet’s worsening prospects. I know the hard statistics docum

enting rising temperatures, the increasing intensity of natural disasters and warmer seas. I have been meeting with representatives from developing countries who have one request: we need less talk and more action on climate.  

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