2020 kicked off with Australia’s unprecedented fires – a tragedy for its unique biodiversity and a very serious climate warning. Our first Development press review of the year highlights striking news from the past few weeks.



2020 Outlook: Let’s get to work [ARTICLE]
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2020 Outlook: Let’s get to work

In 2019, several data-driven reports revealed systemic problems in the global food chain and placed nutrition at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, policymakers must commit to making the right changes for global health and the planet.

2020 must be year of action on nutrition, advocates say  ” , Devex, January 2, 2020

Our house is on fire [ARTICLE]
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Our house is on fire

With already 24 people killed and an estimated animal death toll between 480 million and a billion, this year’s fire season in Australia is unprecedented in scale, number, range and intensity. And it’s only the beginning.

At least 24 people and millions of animals have been killed by Australia’s bushfires  ” , TIME, January 7, 2020

Australian biodiversity: warning in destruction [ARTICLE]
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Australian biodiversity: warning in destruction

As numerous endangered species may have already lost their entire distribution in Australia’s bushfires, scientists tie the unprecedented nature of these fires to the climate crisis.

“Silent death”: Australia’s bushfires push countless species to extinction  ” , The Guardian, January 3, 2020

Fleeing flooded Jakarta [ARTICLE]
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Fleeing flooded Jakarta

It’s been Jakarta’s most intense period of rainfall since record keeping began more than 20 years ago. Nearly 400,000 people have already been displaced as a result. The Indonesian government is all the more adamant about relocating the capital in Borneo.

Flash floods in Indonesia leave hundreds of thousands homeless  ” , The New York Times, January 2, 2020

The bleak future of Nigerian energy [ARTICLE]
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The bleak future of Nigerian energy

Policy analyst Nhaemeka Vincent Emodi provides an overview of the Nigerian government’s energy policy over the last two decades and explains why no progress can be made without a comprehensive approach.

Why the outlook for fixing Nigeria’s energy crisis isn’t good   ” , The Conversation Africa, December 27, 2019

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