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10/16/2014 2:39:03 PM
Reducing Greenhouses Gases Can be Good For Economy
Given rising global temperatures and loss of sea ice, it's nice to see something good in the news related to climate change.
EcoWatch recently reported, "Evidence continues to pour in that policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only aren't detrimental to economic growth but in fact can fuel it."
A new study by World Resources Institute, Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States, provides evidence and real-world examples demonstrating how the United States is already seizing economic returns while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions-and outlines what can be done to further hasten these positive trends.
Another study, from The New Climate Economy, came to similar conclusions. The report, released by a commission of global leaders, found that governments and businesses can improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions at the same time.
"These new studies provide a one-two punch that smart policies can drive growth and reduce emissions," Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the World Resources Institute, which did Seeing Is Believing. "Business leaders are waking up to this reality and it's time for more U.S. elected officials to do the same. From Texas to Iowa, more real-world success stories are emerging each day. We need to seize these opportunities to put America on a strong, low-carbon pathway."
Read more: World Resources Institute, Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States