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OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050
The Consequences of Inaction
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  15 Mar 2012
Pages: 350 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264122161 , OECD Code: 972012011P1
Price:   €80 | $112 | £72 | ¥10400 | MXN1440 , Standard shipping included!
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Other languages:  German (Out of print) French (Available)
Other Versions:  E-book - PDF Format

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Humanity has witnessed unprecedented growth and prosperity in the past decades, with the size of the world economy more than tripling and population increasing by over 3 billion people since 1970. This growth, however, has been accompanied by environmental pollution and natural resource depletion. The current growth model and the mismanagement of natural assets could ultimately undermine human development. 

The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 asks “What will the next four decades bring?” Based on joint modelling by the OECD and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, it looks forward to the year 2050 to find out what demographic and economic trends might mean for the environment if the world does not adopt more ambitious green policies. It also looks at what policies could change that picture for the better. This Outlook focuses on four areas: climate change, biodiversity, freshwater and health impacts of pollution. These four key environmental challenges were identified by the previous Environmental Outlook to 2030 (OECD, 2008) as “Red Light” issues requiring urgent attention.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Introduction
-1. Introduction
-2. The Outlook methodology
-3. How is the report structured?
Chapter 2. Socio-economic Developments
-1. Introduction.
-2. Key trends and projections
-3. The links between economic activity and environmental pressures .
-Annex 2.A. Modelling Background Information on Socio-economic Developments
Chapter 3. Climate Change
-1. Introduction
-2. Trends and projections
-3. Climate change: The state of policy today
-4. Policy steps for tomorrow: Building a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy
-Annex 3.A. Modelling Background Information on Climate Change
Chapter 4. Biodiversity
-1. Introduction
-2. Key trends and projections
-3. Biodiversity: The state of policy today
-4. Need for further action
-Annex 4.A. Modelling Background Information on Biodiversity
Chapter 5. Water
-1. Introduction
-2. Key trends and projections
-3. Policy: Current and future scenarios
-4. Need for further action: Emerging issues in water policy
-Annex 5.A. Modelling Background Information on Water
Chapter 6. Health and Environment
-1. Introduction
-2. Air pollution
-3. Unsafe water supply and poor sanitation
-4. Chemicals
-5. Climate change
-Annex 6.A. Modelling Background Information on Health and Environment
Annex A. Modelling Framework

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