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Trillions needed to avert Planetary Collapse

July 9, 2011

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£50 trillion needs to be spent on going green if world is to avert ‘major planetary catastrophe’

By Jon Swaine

Governments must invest three per cent of world GDP – about £1.2 trillion in   2010 – annually for 40 years to stop climate change and famine, according to   the UN’s department of economic and social affairs.

At least £688 billion of that will need to be spent each year in developing   countries, in order to meet their populations’ increasing demands for   resources, the 2011 World Economic and Social Survey said.

Rob Vos, the lead author of the report, said that “business as usual is not an   option” if the world were to “reverse the ongoing ecological destruction”.

His report said that to feed a rapidly growing number of mouths, farmers   around the world will have to essentially double total international food   production between now and 2050.

But to do this sustainably would require huge spending on “clean” energy   production, on reducing the non-bio-degradable waste and on other   improvements to farming and forestry techniques, it said.

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  1. Asta Lyberth permalink
    July 9, 2011 5:32 pm

    – From a scientific point of view.

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