Global Ideas News Brief: Climate change and poverty

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Global Ideas News Brief: Climate change and poverty

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Climate change

The Pope, Poverty And Global Warming
The Pope is reportedly worried about how climate change might impact the poor, and he is quite right to be concerned. But it is the environmental proposals currently being championed as solutions, however, that are the real threat.

Pope Francis to Explore Climate’s Effect on World’s Poor
New York Times
“This is the pope of the poor,” said Robert Orr, who attended the May 2014 meeting as Mr. Ban’s special adviser on climate change and described the informal conversation with Francis. “The fact that he is making the link to the planet is really significant.”


100 Homes In 100 Days: How A Startup Plans To Rebuild Haiti Where The Red Cross Failed
One by one, New Story is crowdfunding the construction of new homes—and being completely open about how each dollar is spent.


Core Humanitarian Standard: do NGOs need another set of standards?
The Guardian
Dubbed ‘the future of humanitarian accountability’, a new standard allows crisis-affected communities to hold the NGOs helping them to account


Bringing Social Entrepreneurship into the Classroom
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Why we must leverage hands-on experience and service learning to encourage the next generation of social innovators.


What does Tesla mean for energy in Africa?
The Guardian
Tesla’s battery storage system could help the energy-starved continent switch from expensive fossil fuels to renewables, but high cost is a huge barrier


Quality Education Is Key To Ending Child Labor
Huffington Post
Almost 170 million youth are trapped in child labor, deprived of education and facing a life without decent jobs, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday.


Africa exodus
The Washington Post
Tiny Gambia has a big export: Migrants desperate to reach Europe

Social enterprise

Nun vs Warlord: the secret weapon is love (and sewing)
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is arguably the world’s most famous living nun. The Ugandan sister has a raft of international awards, and TIME included her in its 2014 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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