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Congress could immediately create millions of good jobs and provide relief to families struggling to pay energy bills, while simultaneously advancing a cleaner economy by dramatically increasing funding to state energy efficiency and assistance programs. Expanding these programs can support the long backlog of “shovel-ready” projects and put people to work immediately in well-paying jobs.


This commentary explores the social and economic benefits that climate action can deliver and uses real world examples to show how these benefits can be used to further equity and ensure a just transition to a new climate economy.


This paper analyses the costs to Pacific countries of illegal trade in marine resources by looking at the loss in gross revenues from unreported catch, the impact across the fish value chain (economic impact), the loss to household incomes (income impact), and the loss in tax revenues (tax impact).

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Investment in urban measures like efficient appliances, mass transit, walkable cities and more sustainable building materials could garner massive returns, some on relatively short payback periods. And the true scale of benefits goes beyond money: Low-carbon cities are essential to meeting the climate challenge.

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In the global battle to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and prevent disasters, most economists agree that a carbon price is a key tool in the toolbox. But what’s less commonly discussed are what policies are needed in addition to a carbon price.

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China's central government has turned to regional integration for the country's next stage of economic development, announcing or strengthening mega-region initiatives like the Yangtze River Delta Integration, Greater Bay Area Development and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integration. If done right, this strategy can also help shift China onto a low-carbon pathway.


Representatives from the New Climate Economy and the UNFCCC will discuss the economic and employment implications of 21st century sustainable development. Participants will also hear about the main outcomes from COP24, and about the relationship between climate negotiations and economic research.


This paper discusses the opportunity to align Chinese Belt and Road investments with country Nationally Determined Contributions. It also provides an initial overview of the degree to which Chinese energy and transportation investments in the BRI countries from 2014 to 2017 align with the green priorities communicated in BRI countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions.


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