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Shift to green world economy would help reduce death and disease, report finds

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1228 (Published 23 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1228
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Investing 2% of global gross domestic product each year in ten key areas, including water and sanitation, would trigger a shift towards a green world economy that could reduce death and disease, says a United Nations report.

Investing this amount, around $1.3 trillion (£0.8 trillion; €0.95 trillion) a year worldwide, in this way, “can kick start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient green economy,” according to the report, which argues that this strategy would grow the global economy at around the same rate, if not more, than that forecast by models based on the current high carbon “brown” economy.

“It is clear that we must continue to develop and grow our economies,” said Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations …

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