Economic Globalisation - What is the impact of globalisation on the environment?


Globalisation helped accentuate the major environmental damages we’re experiencing today, even though it’s only indirectly responsible. Some national, regional and international policies have attenuated the negative effects of globalisation on the environment. Some solutions can also be found in the mechanisms of globalisation itself. But while vital, political regulations and incentives are still lacking compared to the breadth and urgency of the challenges ahead.

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Chapter 7 examines the impact of globalisation on the environment. The upsurge in cross-border trade and economic activities, combined with increasingly internationalised modes of production and consumption, can cause extensive environmental damage. But globalisation itself can offer some solutions.

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OECD work on green growth:
OECD work on the environment:

  Source: IPCC, Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report, p. 36. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Figure RiD.3(a), IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland.  


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