Tag Archives: economy

Goodbye recycling? (E. Jeffries)

Author

Elisabeth Jeffries

Keywords

Environment; Economic conditions; Household waste; Recycling

Abstract

Explains the reasons for the downturn in the UK waste industry and its impact on the recovered paper and card, metals and plastics sectors. Considers whether the storage of surplus paper waste as sanctioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency is the correct option and whether a closed-loop recycling system, where waste goes back into the system, could have avoided the current problems in the market. Examines the impact the downturn in the recycling market has had on material recycling facilities.

Citation

(2009, Feb.) Environment In Business 20-22

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Goodbye recycling?

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Implementing the UNCCD: towards a recipe for success (C. Bassett & J. Talafre)

Author(s)

Charles Bassett and Joana Talafre

Keywords

Environment;International law; Deserts; Environmental protection; Foreign investment; International development; International environmental law

Abstract

Comments on the lack of international political will to translate the provisions of the Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa 1994, into international action. Reviews the obstacles to progress, highlighting the complexity of the global mechanism for sharing the costs of implementation and the competing approaches of different multilateral environmental agreements to the same problems. Considers possible solutions, including revision of the Convention’s objectives, and argues that showing how tackling land degradation issues can also promote socio economic developments will lead to a convergence of goals, mobilise international political will and increase investment.

Citation

(2003) 12(2) Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 133-139

Paper

Implementing the UNCCD: towards a recipe for success

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Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet (T. Jackson)

Author

Tim Jackson

Keywords

Economic growth; prosperity and well-being; global population; sustainability; developed nations; environmental impact of economic activity

Abstract

* With a new Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales * 10% of proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to rainforest protection. * Is more economic growth the solution? Will it deliver prosperity and well-being for a global population projected to reach nine billion? In this explosive book, Tim Jackson – a top sustainability adviser to the UK government – makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations. No one denies that development is essential for poorer nations. But in the advanced economies there is mounting evidence that ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. More urgently, it is now clear that the ecosystems that sustain our economies are collapsing under the impacts of rising consumption. Unless we can radically lower the environmental impact of economic activity – and there is no evidence to suggest that we can – we will have to devise a path to prosperity that does not rely on continued growth. Economic heresy? Or an opportunity to improve the sources of well-being, creativity and lasting prosperity that lie outside the realm of the market? Tim Jackson provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish – within the ecological limits of a finite planet. Fulfilling this vision is simply the most urgent task of our times. This book is a substantially revised and updated version of Jackson ‘s controversial study for the Sustainable Development Commission, an advisory body to the UK Government. The study rapidly became the most downloaded report in the Commission’s nine year history when it was launched earlier this year. You can read more reviews and watch Tim Jackson’s recent TEDGlobal talk at www.earthscan.co.uk/pwg

Citation

Tim Jackson, Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet (Earthscan, 2011)

Book

Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet

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The next stage of sovereign wealth investment: China buys Africa (E. Doriye)

Author

Elirehema Doriye

Keywords

Africa ; China ; Foreign investment; Human rights; Sovereign wealth funds

Abstract

Analyses the sovereign wealth investment activities of the Chinese Government in Africa . Considers the reasons why not only the China Investment Corp but other state-owned entities are investing in African national resources, and Africa is being seen as an attractive investment venue despite the problems of poor governance and unstable governments. Notes the human rights concerns that have been raised in respect of this investment. Reviews examples of particular African investments made by Chinese state-owned entities.

Citation

(2010) 18(1) Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance 23-31

Paper

The next stage of sovereign wealth investment: China buys Africa

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The WTO’s environmental progress

Author

Steve Charnovitz.

Keywords

Environment; International trade; World Trade Organisation

Abstract

Discusses the link between trade and the environment by giving an overview of key institutional changes at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and jurisprudence developments related to environmental issues, focusing on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 Art.XX and WTO Appellate Body decisions. Reviews WTO treaty provisions on the environment, organisational developments and the impact of environmental factors on trade negotiations and on preferential trade agreements. Examines the scope and meaning of Art.XX and its application by the WTO Appellate Body.

Citation

(2007) 10(3) Journal of International Economic Law 685-706

Paper

The WTO’s environmental progress

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