New World Bank Head Wants to Address Climate Change
Jim Yong Kim, the new president of the World Bank, said that dealing with climate change will be one of his priorities. “Since becoming president of the World Bank, I have looked deeply into the data on climate change, and I have to say I was surprised that even in last 6 months to a year, the data has become ever more frightening,” he said. “As a scientist, I feel a moral responsibility to be very clear in communicating the dangers of climate change.”
In a press conference and at an afternoon public forum, Kim admitted that the bank faces a host of challenges given current economic trends. But he said he remained optimistic that developed countries will recognize the global benefits that will come from continuing to support the bank’s work, which Kim said would include attention to mitigating and adapting to climate change.