Last week IMF managing director Christine Lagarde returned to CGD to make good on a pledge she made two years ago during the run-up to the Rio+20 gathering that marked the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit.
On July 9th some 140 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote for a new President. It was only the country’s third direct presidential election, and certainly the closest, with two very different candidates. Each declared victory based on competing exit polls but at the urging of the outgoing president agreed to await the official results, to be announced on July 22nd.
In our lifetime we will merely experience stronger storms, hotter heat waves, and higher floodwaters as a result of climate change. But over the course of centuries, rising seas from melting polar ice sheets threaten to erase the physical legacy of today’s coastal cities. A recent study found that sea-level rise from a global temperature increase of +3 °C would eventually threaten more than one hundred cultural World Heritage Sites, from Ayutthaya to Zanzibar, including the Statue of Liberty.