Category: Environment

Norway’s environmental performance: “Are we as green as we think we are?”

by Julia Wanjiru Nikiema, OECD Environment Directorate “We, Norwegians, are we really as green as we think we are? Do we live up to the national and international environmental commitments we made?” some Norwegian stakeholders wondered. This has been the starting point of the… Continue Reading “Norway’s environmental performance: “Are we as green as we think we are?””

The road to a sustainable tomorrow: Tracking a COVID-19 gender-sensitive and green recovery

This year’s International Women’s Day theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, puts a spotlight on the role of women and girls in the fight against climate change. Yet International Women’s Day takes place again in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The feminisation of poverty keeps growing, the climate emergency is worsening, conflicts and violence are raging, and the international immunisation effort is not moving fast enough.  

Deliberative democracy: A bottom up approach to helping solve the climate crisis

By Deborah Holmes Michel, OECD Environment Directorate Our planet’s ecological systems are increasingly under pressure, millions suffer from the negative effects of air pollution, and very few countries are on track to meet their Paris Agreement objectives. Leaders need to imagine different ways of… Continue Reading “Deliberative democracy: A bottom up approach to helping solve the climate crisis”

Bigger Biodiversity Benefits for your Buck: How economic instruments can help safeguard nature

Katia Karousakis & Edward Perry, Programme Lead & Analyst, Biodiversity, Land Use and Ecosystems, OECD Environment Directorate This article was originally published on the Forum Network as a part of a series in which OECD experts and thought leaders — from around the world… Continue Reading “Bigger Biodiversity Benefits for your Buck: How economic instruments can help safeguard nature”

Dépenser mieux pour la biodiversité : comment les instruments économiques peuvent aider à préserver la nature

Katia Karousakis et Edward Perry, Chef de programme et analyste, Biodiversité, utilisation des terres et écosystèmes, Direction de l’environnement de l’OCDE Cet article a été initialement publié sur le Forum Network et s’inscrit dans une série de contributions d’experts de l’OCDE et d’influenceurs – du monde… Continue Reading “Dépenser mieux pour la biodiversité : comment les instruments économiques peuvent aider à préserver la nature”

The green recovery: an opportunity to address inequalities?

By Enrico Botta, OECD Environment Directorate Over the past decade, inequalities in income and opportunities have increased. The income of the top 10% is over ten times larger than the bottom 10% while traditional opportunities for social mobility have withered. While official income inequality… Continue Reading “The green recovery: an opportunity to address inequalities?”

Are lower pollution levels really the silver lining of the Covid-19 pandemic?

By Rob Dellink, OECD Environment Directorate The Covid-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines with distressing messages about the negative effects on health and the economy. But sometimes a positive message creeps through. The long months of lockdown and reduced economic activity have reduced emissions… Continue Reading “Are lower pollution levels really the silver lining of the Covid-19 pandemic?”

Greening the recovery from COVID-19: how sustainable will it be?

By Andrew Prag, OECD Environment Directorate When COVID-19 began to spread around the world, it brought with it many uncertainties. But one thing was quickly clear: the depth of the economic and social crisis was going to require massive government intervention to rescue jobs… Continue Reading “Greening the recovery from COVID-19: how sustainable will it be?”

Let’s choose to challenge the climate crisis with a gender lens

By Sigita Strumskyte, Dimitra Xynou, Amelia Smith and Shanda Moorghen, OECD Environment Directorate On 8 March, the world will observe International Women’s Day under the theme #ChooseToChallenge. It is a day to recognise achievements, spread awareness and strengthen commitments to creating more inclusive societies,… Continue Reading “Let’s choose to challenge the climate crisis with a gender lens”

Regulating groups of chemicals: a cost-effective option for chemical safety

By Bob Diderich and Shanda Moorghen, OECD Environment Directorate There are currently more than 23,000 chemicals produced or imported at quantities of more than one tonne per year just in Europe. We can find them in the clothes we wear, the shampoos we use,… Continue Reading “Regulating groups of chemicals: a cost-effective option for chemical safety”