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OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030

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The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030 provides analyses of economic and environmental trends to 2030, and simulations of policy actions to address the key challenges. Without new policies, we risk irreversibly damaging the environment and the natural resource base needed to support economic growth and well-being. The costs of policy inaction are high.

But the Outlook shows that tackling the key environmental problems we face today -- including climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and the health impacts of pollution -- is both achievable and affordable. It highlights a mix of policies that can address these challenges in a cost-effective way. The focus of this Outlook is expanded from the 2001 edition to reflect developments in both OECD countries and Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, South Africa (BRIICS), and how they might better co-operate on global and local environmental problem-solving.

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Chemicals

The chemicals industry is one of the largest sectors of the world economy, and nearly every man-made material contains one or more of the thousands of chemicals produced by the industry. While OECD countries have seen a reduction in releases from the production of chemicals, policies are needed to address releases from the use and disposal of products which include hazardous chemicals. Adopting a science-based risk assessment approach is among the policies reviewed in this chapter as a means to ensure that adverse impacts are avoided in the most cost effective manner. With the rapid increase of chemicals production in non-OECD countries, greater attention is needed to international co-operation with these governments to build capacity, share information and promote effective chemicals management globally.

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