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June, 2011
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Three angles on green growth

Steve Bass - IIED

How can you marry environment and development? Over the past two years, governments and businesses have begun to trumpet 'green growth' as one way of boosting economic growth without compromising environmental sustainability.

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June, 2011
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The Green Growth Strategy: Reshaping the OECD’s Work Agenda for the Years to Come

Guest Author - Nathalie Girouard - OECD

The Green Growth Strategy was delivered to the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in May 2011. Ministers from over forty countries welcomed the Strategy as a useful tool for expanding economic growth and job creation through the sustainable use of natural resources, efficiencies in the use of en... Continue reading

May, 2011
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Joint report by ILO, UNEP and ITUC explore the possibilities for green jobs

United Nations Environment Programme

Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World assembles evidence— quantitative, anecdotal, and conceptual—for currently existing green jobs in key economic sectors (renewable energy, buildings and construction, transportation, basic industry, agriculture, and f... Continue reading

April, 2011
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Rio 2012: Possible pathway to a green economy?

Victor Anderson - WWF

I want to draw people's attention to 2012. For some, that's all about the Olympics. But I am more interested in what will happen in Rio de Janeiro. In June 2012 government representatives from around the world will be meeting there to discuss the transition to a green economy.

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April, 2011
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UNEP Report shows a green economy can alleviate poverty in developing countries

United Nations Environment Programme

The report suggests that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty.

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March, 2011
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An ombudsman for future generations?

Victor Anderson - WWF

The problems of the market are often reflected in problems in political systems. The short-termism of the way markets often function, creating instability for business and for whole national economies can unfortunately be amplified by the short-termism of democratic political systems.

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March, 2011
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Getting the prices right

Victor Anderson - WWF

While price remains important and central, let's also include ecological elements in the price system.  Prices continue to be at the centre of how economies work. Whatever the institutional arrangements and the messages coming from governments, whether something is expensive or cheap,... Continue reading

February, 2011
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Long term shareholding for a green economy

Victor Anderson - WWF

To enable businesses to function more sustainably, mechanisms to encourage long-term thinking should be introduced.

Are our structures of economic decision-making fit for purpose? That depends on what the purpose is, of course. If decisions need to be made for the long-term, and if ... Continue reading

February, 2011
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The feel, smell and look of a green economy

Victor Anderson - WWF

Any significant change in how an economy works has physical consequences. You can see it and touch it, often smell it too. Go back to an area you used to live in or know well, and you can read the economic changes which have taken place, in the shops which have opened or closed, the look of th... Continue reading

February, 2011
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Wild land and the economics of land use

Victor Anderson - WWF

Sustainable land use economics are vital to protect the ecosystem services upon which we all depend.

There have been many arguments about "peak oil" and the depletion of metals, but there is one resource that without doubt is limited in supply: land. Unlike most ordinary p... Continue reading