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Economia verde: por que o otimismo deve ser aliado ao ceticismo da razão
Wageningen University.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy and Climate Studies, ECS.
2012 (Portuguese)In: Estudos Avançados, ISSN 0103-4014, Vol. 26, no 74, 121-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The green economy initiative carries with it the optimistic view that theeconomy can and should be driven by investments in clean activities as opposed to theextraction of natural resources and polluting industries. However there are limits to theemphasis that is often put on efficiency improvements and on the substitution betweensectors of an economy. For the economy to be green, the reduction in environmentalimpact per unit of GDP should be higher than GDP growth over a period. Even thoughrecent evidence shows that some countries aparently passed the peak in the use of materialsand energy, global extraction of natural resources and CO2 emissions has increased.A probable cause is that rich countries have outsourced polluting activities to poorercountries. It is time to bring the skepticism of reason to the debate and seriously discussdegrowth, not of GDP or of opportunities for human development, but of the globalresource extration and carbon emissions.

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São Paulo: Instituto de Estudos Avançados da Universidade de São Paulo , 2012. Vol. 26, no 74, 121-135 p.
Keyword [en]
Green economy, Environmental Kuznets Curve, Dematerialization, Degrowth
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95190DOI: 10.1590/S0103-40142012000100009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84865330069OAI: diva2:526964
QC 20120613Available from: 2012-06-13 Created: 2012-05-15 Last updated: 2012-06-13Bibliographically approved

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