A member of Bloomberg’s on-the-ground team in St. John put it this way: “Bloomberg didn’t just cut a check to help the U.S. Virgin Islands – the company sent down some of the smartest disaster recovery experts with hurricane experience who can help navigate government bureaucracy and speed the recovery process. Potentially the most important resource we have down here is brainpower.”
Bloomberg, who is the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Ambassador for NCDs, discussed with Margaret Chan, MD, who was the WHO’s Director General at the time, the possibility of forming a network of cities around the world that would agree to implement interventions to prevent NCDs. As Kelly Henning, MD, who has led the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health program since its inception in 2007, explained, “The WHO agreed that they would be well-placed to put forward such a cities initiatives and could serve as the implementing partner. The WHO representative for each country where each city is located has since been on board.”
According to a new report from America’s Pledge, a group led by Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Brown, if the institutions working to meet the Obama targets were a separate country, they would be the third-largest economy in the world after the United States and China. Even as the Trump administration plans to roll back federal climate change policies like the Clean Power Plan, the study found, falling clean technology prices, the low price of natural gas and local carbon-cutting efforts have already cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 11.5 percent between 2005 and 2015.
The battle to end coal-burning, backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is expanding out of the US and around the world in its bid to reduce the global warming threat posed by the most polluting fossil fuel.
Bloomberg, a UN special envoy on climate change and former mayor of New York city, has funded a $164m campaign in the US since 2010, during which time more than half the nation’s coal-fired power plants have been closed.
On Thursday, he announced a $50m (£38m) plan to expand the programme into Europe and then the rest of the world. The money will support grassroots campaigns, research on the health impacts of coal and legal action against coal plants that are breaking pollution rules.
Since the first crop of engineering graduate students arrived last month at the brand-new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, many have been busy decoding the diagrams in Matthew Ritchie’s dynamic mural rising up four stories in the atrium of the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center, the main academic building.
Michael Bloomberg, businessman, philanthropist and former mayor of New York, with a net worth of $52.3bn, has added a near indigestible job title to his schedule over the past year: the World Health Organization ambassador for non-communicable diseases.
From Crop to Cup: How Cooperatives, Training and a Unique Partnership Is Changing Coffee and the Lives of Coffee Farmers in Rwanda
The Relationship Coffee Institute, formed by B Corp Sustainable Harvest in partnership with nonprofit Bloomberg Philanthropies, is educating Rwandan coffee farmers in agronomy, cupping and roasting. The Institute is proving that to improve the quality of coffee, you aim to improve the lives and opportunities of the coffee farmers.
In their new book, Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope argue that the onus of saving the planet doesn’t just fall on Washington but rather local communities, businesses, and individuals.
Many people wrongly associate climate change only with heatwaves, storms and wildfires on land, Michael Bloomberg, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for cities and climate change, said in a statement about the project.
“Some of the most disastrous effects of climate change are out of sight – on the ocean floor. In fact, unless we take urgent action, 90 percent of coral reefs are expected to disappear by 2050,” he said.
But at the heart of the Rwandan coffee industry’s success is the role that is played by women. It is enhancing this role that has been the focus of the Relationship Coffee Institute, a partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sustainable Harvest to bring economic development to low-income rural women based in Rwanda. “An investment in women is an investment in the community, in the country and in the world,” Verna Eggleston, Director of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Women’s Economic Development program in Africa, tells Global Coffee Report.