Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.
In Latin American and Caribbean countries the population is growing faster than the world average, intensifying land use and increasing urbanisation. The region is also prone to the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters, putting further pressure on natural resources.
OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.
Slovenia's rich and diverse environment is under pressure from the country’s expanding economy. OECD’s first Environmental Performance Review of Slovenia says that greening growth, including though green tax reform, better use of public and private finance, could help Slovenia.
Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that ch
Deutschland ist es in den vergangenen Jahren gelungen, die CO2-, Energie- und Ressourcenintensität seiner Wirtschaft zu reduzieren.
As countries struggle with the immediate challenges of stretched public finances and high unemployment, they must not neglect the longer term. Action needs to be taken now to prevent irreversible damage to the environment, according to the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050.
No obstante los retos inmediatos que enfrentan los países en el contexto de finanzas públicas constreñidas y alto desempleo, no deben dejar de atender los retos de largo plazo. Es preciso tomar acciones ahora para prevenir daños irreversibles al medio ambiente.
The OECD is launching its Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction, focusing on the areas of climate change, biodiversity, water and health impacts of pollution.
Water management needs urgent reform if the world is to head off a serious deterioration in the quality and quantity of water available, according to a new OECD report.