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Renewable Energy Doubles in MENA & Glasses Boost Bangladesh Income | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

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0:15 Which nations are middle powers? – Conflict and competition are on the rise around the world, when cooperation is needed more urgently than ever and trust in global institutions is waning. This is where the world’s middle powers can make a difference.

4:31 Renewable energy doubles in MENA – Renewables could meet 26% of the region’s energy needs by 2050, say experts. They can also unlock a significant source of carbon credits for trading on carbon markets which could help countries meet their emission reduction goals committed to in the Paris Agreement.

6:13 Severe floods are on the rise – Dubai has been hit by its heaviest rainfall since records began. A year’s worth of rain fell in a single day on 16 April bringing much of the state to a standstill. Experts say the rainstorm was caused by the effects of climate change on Dubai’s weather system.

9:33 Glasses boost Bangladesh income – A study involved 824 people from 56 villages in Bangladesh. Researchers gave half of the participants reading glasses straight away. While the other half received them after 8 months. In that time, the median monthly income among the group with glasses grew from $35 to $47, a rise of 33%.


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