The topic of biodiversity loss has been the subject of a vast and growing scientific and economic literature. Species are estimated to be going extinct at rates 100 to 1000 times faster than in geological times. Globally, terrestrial biodiversity is projected to decrease by a further 10% by 2050.
Read the latest articles on climate change by the OECD Observer, which helps policymakers stay ahead of today’s pressing challenges.
The reports are available by categories: Council Acts; Guidance Manuals (including Global PRTRs, Data application, Release estimation techniques, Workshop reports); and now include an information flyer related to the PRTR programme.
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Brazil has made tremendous progress in terms of its environmental performance, but rigorous policy implementation remains critically important, according to the OECD’s first-ever Environmental Performance Review of Brazil. Greening the economy can also bring huge social and economic opportunities.
To increase transparency and improve understanding of different countries’ situations, the OECD has developed an interactive map that brings to life key climate change mitigation statistics and policy settings. The webinar on Monday 16 November 2015, 15h00-16h30 (Paris time) consisted of a summary of the main messages of the report "Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Progress" and a demonstration of the interactive tool.
Policy makers should do much more to encourage pension funds and other institutional investors to put their ample assets into sustainable energy infrastructure. The wins would be significant. The question is how?
For each of the 34 OECD member countries, the country profiles provide snapshots of key policy areas. Interactive graphs show indicators on air quality, biodiversity, climate change, energy-forest-water resources, waste generation, water quality and environmentally related taxes.
How have CO2 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions changed since 1990? Three different visuals tell three very different stories (click on them to see full size). Which perspective offers the most clarity?
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This work is based on large-scale periodic surveys on Environmental Policy and Individual Behaviour Change (EPIC). The first two rounds involved more than 10 000 households across a number of countries. Five areas where households exert particular environmental pressures are examined: residential energy and water use, transport choices, food consumption, and waste generation and recycling.
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This brochure provides key lessons learnt from OECD work on adaptation, including challenges and recommendations for climate adaptation, with a focus on OECD member countries.