Environmental Vulnerability


22 Jan 2009

After decades of scepticism about global warming and its after effects, the world has come face-to-face with the realities of that danger.

With reports of extreme floods in Kenya, Canada, Indonesia and Southern Africa, the world has been jolted with the stark reality that it is headed toward something worse if urgent steps are not taken.

Also manifest are increased cases of drought in the Sahelian region of Africa and the now common incidence of hurricanes in the U.S.

22 Jan 2009

This video features the Asian Development Bank's work to help rebuild Aceh, Indonesia two years after the Indian Ocean tsunami.

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20 Jan 2009

In Can Money Grow on Trees?, Panorama reporter Ben Anderson travels to Brazil and Guyana to examine a new plan to save the rainforest by making it worth more standing than chopped down.

The idea is to take the principles of the market and apply them to the standing trees; calculating an exact value for the services which the rainforest provides.

These ecosystem services, as they are known, influence weather systems on a vast scale, produce rainfall and capture CO2 from the atmosphere, reducing global warming.


03 Aug 2017

Photo essay: In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a tiny island is making great strides.

Studies & Presentations

03 Aug 2017

Recent regional climate change projections have consequences for human systems, particularly for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

16 Nov 2016

Given a poverty line, a person who is non-poor (poor) currently may not be treated as non-poor (poor) in a vulnerable situation. The poverty line is adjusted in the presence of vulnerability such that the utility of a person at the current poverty line and that at the adjusted poverty line become identical. Using an additive model of vulnerability, it is shown that if the utility function obeys constant Arrow-Pratt absolute risk aversion, then the harmonized poverty line is a simple absolute augmentation of the current poverty line.