The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: Consequences of Inaction warns that by 2050, under a worst-case scenario, we could see a 10% biodiversity loss; 2.3 billion more people living in water-stressed areas; and a 50% increase in GHG emissions, primarily caused by a 70% growth in CO2 emissions from energy use.
This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.
Un peu partout dans le monde, les pouvoirs publics encouragent les citoyens à tenir compte de l’environnement dans leurs comportements et achats quotidiens. La consommation en est-elle pour autant plus durable ? Les ménages s’orientent-ils vers des modes de vie plus verts ?
Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.
Evidence for the agricultural sectors of OECD countries from 1990 to 2010 shows improvements have been made in nutrient, pesticide, energy and water management, using less of these inputs per unit volume of output, according to this report. Environmentally beneficial practices by farmers, such as conservation tillage, improved manure storage, soil nutrient testing and drip irrigation, have also contributed to improvements.
Climate change mitigation and sustainability are the key rationales for increasing the share of renewable energy. Yet definitions of renewable energy used by policy-makers are so broad that subsidy regimes and other policies to promote renewable energy are able to result in highly negative climate, environmental and human impacts.
"It is estimated that air pollution from diesel-fuelled road transport kills 10 times more people each year in France than those who die in road accidents": OECD Insights Blog's post by Simon Upton, head of the OECD Environment Directorate, founder and Chair of the Round Table on Sustainable Development, and former New Zealand environment minister.
This new data visualisation tool brings over 40 different climate-related data sets to life by using animated plots for the period 1990-2010.
Les populations se préoccupent de l'environnement et une grande majorité d’entre elles se disent prêtes à faire des compromis pour adopter un style de vie plus « vert », selon une nouvelle enquête de l'OCDE menée auprès de 12 000 ménages. Toutefois, en raison de la crise économique et de ses conséquences, l’enquête révèle que l'environnement occupe une place de moins en moins importante dans la liste des priorités des individus.
Saving the environment falls into that category for many people, but the good news for the planet is that the OECD has identified a group of people who “believe that sacrifices will be necessary to solve environmental problems”.