Climate change hits poorer economies the hardest: UN report

The global impacts of climate change are inherently unequal. Very often, the most severe damages from droughts, hurricanes, and other disasters occur in places that are least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions.

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'Creation is groaning': Pope Francis makes emotional appeal for the environment

Pope Francis said the constant demand for economic growth is exhausting the natural world.

Is Economic Growth the Wrong Goal?

The endless pursuit of G.D.P., argues the economist Kate Raworth, shortchanges too many people and also trashes the planet. Economic theory, she says, “needs to be rewritten” — and Raworth has tried, in a book called Doughnut Economics. It has found an audience among reformers, and now the city of Amsterdam is going whole doughnut.

Sonia Sodha: We’ve got to start thinking beyond our own lifespans if we’re going to avoid extinction

Coronavirus or not, we remain locked into a treadmill that measures progress by growing GDP rather than by wellbeing and environmental sustainability.


Climate change, global warming may hit India’s GDP within a decade

The cost of climate change may be higher than expected and India is among the countries most vulnerable to the crisis.

Nicholas Z. Muller, Peter Tschoffen, Ines Azevedo: Why a GDP adjustment for damage to our air makes good sense

Typically, economic performance of nations, states, and metropolitan areas is measured using Gross Domestic Product. We propose an adjustment to this official performance metric: the subtraction of pollution damage from GDP.


Unhinged GDP growth could actually destroy the economy, economists find

A new paper from prominent economists concludes that failing to halt climate change will lead inevitably to "worldwide economic collapse."


Toxic exposures may cost the world 10% of GDP: Study

The cost of harmful chemical and heavy metal exposures around the world likely tops 10 percent of the global GDP, according to a new study.

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China takes economic hit as environment nears 'point of no return'

Campaign to clean up China's polluted skies could come at the cost of country's growth.

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America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

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Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

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