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  • 23-May-2016

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    Blogs related to environment

    Read what OECD bloggers have to say about topics as varied as air pollution, biodiversity, climate change, environmental policies, OECD at #COP21, green growth, investment, waste and water. Join the discussion on one or more of our blogs. New blogs on biodiversity, Paris Climate Agreement and water.

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  • 22-May-2016

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    What does mainstreaming biodiversity means? Insights Blog

    The theme of Biodiversity Day this year is “Mainstreaming biodiversity; sustaining people and their livelihoods”. According to World Bank figures, “natural capital accounts for an estimated 30% of total wealth in low income countries compared to only 2% in OECD countries”.

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  • 4-May-2016

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    Carbon emissions all at sea: why was shipping left out of the Paris Climate Agreement? Insights Blog

    A stern warning for climate change, and our health - Shipping brings us 90% of world trade and has increased in size by 400% in the last 45 years. Cargo ships, tankers and dry-bulk tankers are an essential element of a globalised world economy, but they are thirsty titans and they won’t settle for diet drinks. There are up to 100,000 working vessels on the ocean and some travel an incredible 2/3 of the distance to the moon in one year.

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  • 30-April-2016

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    The Other CCS: Carbon Capture & Storage vs. Carbon Cap & Share - Insights Blog

    The initials ‘CCS’ usually stand for Carbon Capture and Storage. However, I was with the team in Paris during COP21 promoting the Cap Global Carbon proposal; the mechanism embodied in Cap Global Carbon is Cap & Share, and it occurred to us that the name ‘Carbon Cap & Share’ has the same initials, CCS. Are these two types of CCS complementary or antagonistic? Are they friends or enemies?

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  • 25-April-2016

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    Renewable energy: Catalyst for a clean energy transition

    The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented achievement in the fight against climate change. A record number of countries came together, first in the French capital for the COP21 conference in November-December 2015 and then formally to sign the agreement at the UN on 22 April 2016, to ensure that future generations enjoy a stable, healthy and habitable world.

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  • 20-April-2016

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    Post Paris, should we be going for CCCS = Compulsory Carbon Capture and Storage? Insights Blog

    Clearly a revolution in the global economy is needed for a heavy reduction of GHG emissions. You may have heard of Carbon Capture and Storage or CCS. This technology prevents CO2 from fossil fuel combustion from accumulating in the atmosphere.

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  • 14-March-2016

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    Environmental Policies and Economic Performance - Insights blog

    A dirty, rundown environment has quantifiable costs for the economy and the well-being of societies. For example, the welfare costs of air pollution from road transport alone are estimated to amount to around 1.7 trillion USD in OECD countries, 1.4 trillion USD in China and 0.5 trillion in India.

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  • 4-March-2016

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    Understanding and Managing the Unequal Consequences of Environment Pressures and Policies - Insights blog

    The consequences of degradation of environmental quality as well as the consequences of environmental policies are typically unevenly distributed. In general, poorer countries and lower income households are more severely affected by environmental degradation and at the same time have less capacity to adapt.

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  • 17-February-2016

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    Floods, droughts and doubts - Insights Blog

    “If He holds back the waters, there is drought; if He lets them loose, they devastate the land”. To be fair, that was in the days before governments played “a key role in developing targeted policy responses to market failures that impede the mitigation and allocation of drought and flood risks”, as the OECD report on Mitigating Droughts and Floods in Agriculture puts it.

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  • 12-February-2016

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    Flabber-gassed by our noxious air: can electric vehicles save us? Insights Blog

    Paris is a beautiful city but has an ugly problem with air pollution. Using 2 wheels to get to work, one becomes acutely aware of this insidious addiction to cars, and the “essence” of the problem, DIESEL.

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