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Climate change is confronting us with the fierce urgency of “now”. It concerns the environment as well as the global economy. Global temperatures will continue to rise unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced significantly. Impacts will include more intense heat waves, droughts, storms and floods, which in turn will cause damage to key infrastructure and crops, and increase risks to human health and life. Action is urgent and
In the lead-up to joining the European Union, Hungary made significant progress in reducing air and water pollution and protecting its nature and biodiversity, according to Mr. Gurría. However, he recommended that Hungary redouble its efforts, in order to further reduce pollution and use energy and raw materials more efficiently.
Adaptation to climate change is now widely recognized as an equally important and complementary response to greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. Adaptation measures are increasingly being put in place in both developing and developed countries, and by bot
OECD Side Event at SB28 sessions, 10 June 2008
This working paper investigates how climate change is likely to impact each port city’s exposure to coastal flooding by the 2070s, alongside subsidence and population growth and urbanisation.
In his speech delivered at the Conference of Montreal, Angel Gurría underlined that growing pressures from agriculture, energy production and industries were imperilling our water resources. He affirmed that all countries - OECD and developing countries alike – need to introduce urgently policy reforms and scale-up best practices to avoid dire consequences.
At the opening session of the OECD Forum 2008, Angel Gurría underlined that the overall effectiveness of actions against climate change would be eroded without the participation of all the world’s countries. He added that while the cost of ambitious mitigation policies would be considerably lower than the cost of inaction, they would still not be inexpensive.The OECD can help, through finding least-cost policy instruments designed to
In his remarks at the OECD Forum 2008, the OECD Secretary-General reminded the audience that successful efforts to address climate change will depend on various factors, such as getting the numbers right, identifying the most appropriate instruments, striking an all-inclusive global deal for the post-2012 architecture and promoting new policies that foster eco-innovation. But moving forward on all these tracks will depend on another
Climate change poses a serious challenge to social and economic development. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions need to move hand in hand with policies and incentives to adapt to the impacts of climate change. How much adaptation might cost ...
In his speech delivered at the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008, Angel Gurría discussed how promoting resource productivity and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) can protect the environment while sustaining growth and prosperity.