Climate and Development News Recap

India develops a ‘policy framework’ to deal with climate change – ClimateWire (subs. req’d): The Indian government has taken a major step as a developing country (and emerging economy) to outline a policy framework that recognizes anthropogenic warming and creates eight issue-specific initiatives, most specifically on energy efficiency and solar technology development and deployment.

The response from experts and the international community has been varied. Clearly, there’s evidence of significant political progress. But the action plan is still just a plan, with no numeric targets for reductions and lacking details for execution. And the plan still prioritizes economic development over lowering emissions. India has a right to develop, but at this point, clean economic development should trump all.

Of course, another major setback to the report is that the balancing act it’s attempting is clearly a signal that India is waiting on meaningful action from the United States before it puts itself too far out on the limb.

World Bank Criticized on Environmental EffortsNew York Times:

In a report released Tuesday the World Bank’s very own internal reviewers concluded what many environmental and development groups have claimed – that the World Bank’s execution of projects and funding hasn’t been consistent with its rhetoric on the environment.

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Development bank makes record ethanol loan – ClimateWire (subs. req’d): “The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) this week announced a $269 million loan to develop three new ethanol plants in Brazil.

Bank officials said the loan — which is expected to help leverage an additional $379 million — is the largest-ever biofuel investment made by a development bank.

And in a move that some said is aimed at insulating the bank from criticism that it is diverting crops for fuel as the global food crisis worsens, the IADB also announced a “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” — a set of criteria to ensure that selected projects won’t harm either the environment or the availability of food.”

— Kari M.

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