Globalisation Polluting Environment

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By Jaya Ramachandran | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

PARIS (IDN) - Globalisation has had some crucial negative impacts on the environment. But given vital, political regulations and incentives, it can be part of a solution that addresses the breadth and urgency of the challenges ahead, says a new study commissioned by the Public Affairs and Communications Directorate of Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Presently, disagreements between developed and developing countries on responsibilities and cost sharing are major stumbling blocks in discussions about an international agreement on climate change.

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How Europe Could Help Plug Oil Spills in Africa

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Negative environmental and health impacts of the oil industry are a major concern in Africa.By Jaya Ramachandran
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

BRUSSELS (IDN) - A new study is asking the European Parliament, European Union member states and European civil society organizations to push for regulatory measures targeted at Europe-based companies engaged in oil exploration in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The study follows on the heels of landmark UN findings reported on August 4, highlighting the devastating impact of oil spills in the Niger delta over the past five decades, which will take up to 30 years to clean up.

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Rising Harmful Emissions Trigger Grave Concern

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Rising Harmful Emissions Trigger Grave ConcernBy Jaya Ramachandran
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

BONN (IDN) - The United Nations' top climate change official has expressed profound concern over a report that greenhouse gas emissions emerging from energy generation around the world have reached record levels in 2010.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), considers the latest estimates of the International Energy Agency (IEA) "a stark warning to governments to provide strong new progress this year towards global solutions to climate change."

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Green is Now the Wealth of Nations

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Green is Now the Wealth of NationsBy Ramesh Jaura
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BERLIN (IDN) - Traversing a long and bumpy road since Adam Smith reflected on 'The Wealth of Nations' at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, his legatees have discovered a new source: the green economy.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), also known as "the rich man's club", has come round to the view that "governments must look to the green economy to find new sources of growth and jobs". It is advising them to "put in place policies that tap into the innovation, investment and entrepreneurship driving the shift towards a greener economy."

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