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This paper reviews the political economy of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) tax in three periods: its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects. The BC launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, applied to all combustion sources of fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2.
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This paper describes the features of the tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues, and draws conclusions regarding why it happened, and provides tentative insights for other countries in a similar situation.
Statistics on bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) extended with the purpose of assisting developing countries in the implementation of the three Rio Conventions.
The Global Forum on the Environment allows to share experiences and explore common policy issues focussing principally on the environmental dimension of sustainable development and its linkages with economic and social policies. The most recent Climate Change Expert Group Global Forum was held in March 2013.
Technological change is undoubtedly one of the keys to ensuring that economic growth and environmental improvements co-exist. It is vitally important that environmental policies and policy instruments provide the right incentives for the development and diffusion of ‘environmental’ technologies.
Cities are home to over half of the world’s population. They characterise many of today’s global economic and environmental challenges and deliver cost-effective policy responses.
Key OECD documents on green growth, including the OECD Green Growth Series, recent brochures, and the Towards Green Growth package.
This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges.
Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.