The Nexus of Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Tipping Point for a Paradigm Shift! [9.2.18]

Guest:

  • Dr. Vinod Thomas, Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines; and Former Senior Vice President, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Show 1Dr. Vinod Thomas Show 2Dr. Vinod Thomas
Show 3Dr. Vinod Thomas Show 4Dr. Vinod Thomas

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guest is:

  • Show ‘1’: Dr. Vinod Thomas, Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines; and Former Senior Vice President, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., (In-Studio), Theme: *Increase in Climate Disasters and Negative Impacts on Planet Earth”*
  • Show ‘2’:  Dr. Vinod Thomas, Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines; and Former Senior Vice President, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., (In-Studio), Theme: “The Climate Change – Disasters Links”*
  • Show ‘3’:  Dr. Vinod Thomas, Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines; and Former Senior Vice President, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., (In-Studio), Theme: “Evolving Disaster Risk Management & ‘Best Practices’ to Address Expanding Human-Made and Natural Disasters”*
  • Show ‘4’: Dr. Vinod Thomas, Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines; and Former Senior Vice President, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., (In-Studio), Theme: “Change in Philosophies, Directions, Investments, and Expected Outcomes”*

*Reference: Thomas, V. (2017). Climate change and natural disasters : transforming economies and policies for a sustainable future (1st ed.) Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Transaction Publishers (Copyright © Taylor & Francis.)

Program Overview:

Summary of the interviews…

The start of the new millennium will be remembered for deadly climate-related disasters—the great floods in Thailand, Super Storm Sandy in the United States, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to name a few. In one recent year 17.5 million people were displaced by climate-related disasters, ten times more than the 1.7 million displaced by geophysical hazards. Asia has had a disproportionate share of climate-related disasters, and the poor have borne the brunt of the destruction. What is causing the increase in natural disasters and what effect does it have on the economy?

This discussion with our guest covers some four decades of his professional work and extensive research findings on the subject. Global data brings out three clear messages. First, human-made factors exert a growing influence on the frequency and intensity of climate-related disasters. Second, because of the link to anthropogenic factors, there is a pressing need for climate mitigation as an integral part of development strategies of countries. Third, prevention, including climate adaptation, ought not to be viewed as a cost to economic growth but as a necessary and high return investment. Ultimately, attention to climate-related disasters, arguably the most tangible manifestation of climate change, may help mobilize broader climate action. It can also be instrumental in transitioning to a path of low-carbon, green growth, improving disaster resilience, closer attention to and more judicious natural resource use, and caring for the urban environment.

About our guest…

Dr. Vinod Thomas is currently Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore and Visiting Professor at the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. Previously he was Director General of Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In this capacity, he reported to ADB’s Board of Directors on the development effectiveness of the work of the organization. This function assessed the accountability of the organization in delivering results while providing lessons of experience to help strengthen those results. Prior to his work at the ADB, Vinod was the Director-General and Senior Vice-President of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank Group.

He was formerly Country Director for Brazil and Vice-President, a position that he held from October 2001 to July 2005. Before that he was Vice-President of the World Bank Institute, where he led the Institute’s efforts to improve its focus, quality, and impact. He joined the World Bank in 1976 and held several positions, including Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, Director for the World Development Report (on The Challenge of Development), Chief of Trade Policy and Principal Economist for Colombia, and Economist for Bangladesh.

Vinod has a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL USA and a BA from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, India. He has authored numerous books, articles, and reports on macroeconomic, social, and environmental issues. His books include The Quality of Growth, Oxford University Press, 2000, (with Xubei Luo), Multilateral Banks and the Development Process 2012 and now the Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Transforming Economies and Policies for a Sustainable Future, 2017, both from Transaction Publishers. He has taught at Vassar College, New York, USA and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has addressed numerous professional and academic fora in all regions.


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