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Trade's growing footprint

Nature Climate Change volume 1, pages 146147 (2011) | Download Citation

The production of traded goods accounts for a significant proportion of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Now analysis reveals that emissions embodied in imports from developing countries have out-stripped emission reductions made by developed countries at home over the past 20 years.

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  1. Carolyn Fischer is a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Center for Climate and Electricity Policy at Resources for the Future, 1616 P Street NW, Washington DC 20036, USA. She is also a member of the ENTWINED (environment and trade in a world of interdependence) research programme of the Mistra Foundation.

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