OECD Regions at a Glance 2013

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This fifth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national growth and the well-being of societies.It updates its regular set of region-by-region indicators, examining a wide range of policies and trends and identifying those regions that are outperforming or lagging behind in their country. The report covers all 34 OECD member countries, and, where data are available, Brazil, China,Colombia, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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Natural vegetation and the carbon footprint of regions

Reducing carbon emissions from anthropogenic sources such as industrial production and fossil-fueled transportation is paramount in the pursuit to reduce carbon footprints and tackle the challenge of global climate change. At the same time, natural vegetation and its ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) are central components in the mitigation of greenhouse gases. This natural process of CO2 sequestration is the result of photosynthesis; hence, a region’s potential to absorb carbon from the atmosphere is linked to its exposure to sunlight, precipitation and green leaf biomass.

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