Achieving both economic growth and reduced environmental pressures in the current financial climate

Smith, Michael; Hargroves, Karlson
April 2009
Ecos;Apr2009, Issue 148, p30
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The article examines the international developments on efforts to decouple economic growth from environmental impacts. It states that when governments have introduced regulation, emission trading programs or other incentives to phase out pollutants, significant decoupling of economic growth is attained. It notes that global and regional efforts to decouple economic growth from sulphur dioxide pollution and acid rain can be evidenced in the 1983 Helsinki Protocol in Finland and the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe Second Sulphur Protocol in 1994.


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