President Barack Obama delivers remarks ahead of the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks ahead of the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit. White House, May 13, 2016.

U.S., Nordic Nations Agree to Cooperate on Climate; Global Reports Cite Risks to Cities & Coasts

The Washington Post (5/13) said the United States, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway agreed to environmental standards and climate goals for the Arctic region, where commercial activities are increasing as ice recedes. 

In a White House press statement (5/13), the countries also affirmed their intentions to join and implement the Paris Climate Agreement, to transition to clean energy and to protect and restore forests. 
The Guardian (5/16) reported on a new World Bank-supported study, which warns that climate-related natural disasters will put 1.3 billion people at risk, particularly vulnerable populations living in coastal urban areas.
Thomas Reuters Foundation (5/16) highlighted an open-source disaster risk management tool that assembles information on disaster risks in a country or region. 
TIME (5/12) covered a new World Health Organization report, which says more than 80 percent of the world’s urban population is living in areas where air quality does not meet health standards. 
Strategic Objective
Urban, Mitigation, Infrastructure, Health, Disaster Risk Management, Coastal, Climate Risk Management, Clean Energy, Adaptation
Global, Europe & Eurasia

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