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  • 16-April-2015

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    The opportunities and challenges of greener growth: Getting the whole policy package right

    Climate change and, more generally, environmental damage have quantifiable economic and health costs, which weigh on long-term growth and well-being. If left unchecked, climate change is projected to decrease global GDP by 0.7 to 2.5 % by 2060. At the same time, the costs to society of air pollution already appear substantial–equivalent to some 4% of GDP across OECD countries and even higher in some rapidly developing economies.

  • 9-April-2015

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    Blogs related to environment

    Read what OECD bloggers have to say about topics as varied as biodiversity, climate change, green growth, waste and water. Join the discussion on one or more of our blogs and make your voice heard. Read our latest blogs on climate adaptation, climate change, waste and water.

  • 9-April-2015

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    Water can be the source of a brighter future

    From oceans and vast rivers to the spring in the garden, we must safeguard our water as a source of well-being, prosperity and progress.

  • 9-April-2015

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    Diving into empty pools - OECD Insights blog for 7th World Water Forum

    When we think about water scarcity, we tend to focus on drinking water. But in terms of global usage, drinking water accounts for only 8% of water use, with 22% used by industry and 70% for farming and irrigation. Effective water governance must mediate across a broad set of actors and needs that cut across all economic sectors.

  • 7-April-2015

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    A win for the planet is a win for people

    The fates of humanity and of the environment are two sides of the same coin. That is why we must focus increasingly on not just development but sustainable development. To do that, we need to form global coalitions to work for progress on a range of challenges.

  • 25-March-2015

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    Circular logic: why we don’t have to destroy to develop - Insights Blog

    When considering a by-product, can this material or waste be used in another industry or in another manufacturing process instead of putting it into the environment, moving “from waste to resources” as the OECD says?

  • 21-March-2015

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    City slickers and water security: governments getting their hands dirty

    If you’ve just visited the room with no windows and enjoyed the effortless push of the “deposit disposal button” followed by a stream of fresh, clean tap water to wash your hands, you could well be in an OECD city

  • 25-February-2015

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    Band-aids won’t save the polar bears: smarter climate adaptation needed - Insights Blog

    The polar bear, floating mournfully away on an ice floe as his habitat melts around him, is perhaps one of the most well-travelled symbols of the impacts of climate change.

  • 24-February-2015

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    Seeing paradigm change - Insights Blog

    Our world and its problems should have been watched for long enough. Inequality, debt, financial instability, corruption, conflict, ecosystem damage, waste and poverty have been seen through history.

  • 10-February-2015

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    If the tortoise can do it, anyone can: greening household behaviour - Insights Blog

    Please join me in an ode to the giant tortoise, recently confirmed to be back from near extinction on the Galapagos Espanola Island after conservation work that began forty years ago. Whoever thought this waddly wild wonk would be a model for humans to improve environment through adept household behaviour?

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