Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon economy to low-carbon, the UN has said. Between 15m and 60m additional jobs are likely, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep). These are net gains in employment for the world economy, taking into account any job losses in high-carbon industries that fail to transform. Achim Steiner, executive director of Unep, said: "The findings underline that [the green economy] can include millions more people in terms of overcoming poverty and delivering improved livelihoods for this and future generations. It is a positive message of opportunity in a troubled world of challenges." As well as generating net new gains in the number of jobs, the switch to a green economy could help to lift millions of people out of poverty. In the US, there are now about three million "green jobs", in sectors such as wind power and … [Read more...] about Switching to a green economy could mean millions of jobs, says UN
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Email By Ian Verrender Posted November 18, 2019 03:11:05 Photo: The PM can see fires burning, he and others may need to act. (AAP: Lukas Coch) Related Story: If a catastrophe can't pause the culture war, we really are in a lot of trouble Related Story: Gentle turning point or a turn for the worse? RBA mulls over jobs disappointment Related Story: Figures show Australia's carbon emissions continue to rise despite quarterly drop Related Story: Jobs lost, unemployment up and fewer people look for work; what else could go wrong? Map: Australia Time is a precious commodity. And it is rapidly running out for the Federal Government on two key fronts.With fires raging across a parched eastern Australia, exacting an intolerable toll on life and property even before the onset of summer, the government is facing a growing backlash against its long-held belief that our energy should be generated by antiquated, coal-fired steam engines that pollute the atmosphere and accelerate … [Read more...] about Climate change and the economy are linked — it’s time the Morrison Government accepts that
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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as he visits an electric car plant in Warwickshire, Britain November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Conservatives will deliver Brexit and end the uncertainty and confusion that has “paralyzed” the economy if they are re-elected next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell business leaders on Monday. The Dec. 12 election was called in a bid to end three years of disagreement over Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union that has sapped investors’ faith in the stability of the world’s fifth largest economy and damaged Britain’s standing. Speaking at the CBI’s annual conference, Johnson will say that while big businesses made clear they were not in favor of Brexit in 2016, they were also now clear they wanted certainty. The date of Britain’s exit has been delayed three times. “Britain stuck in gridlock and our economy … [Read more...] about UK PM Johnson pledges to end Brexit uncertainty, says it has paralyzed economy
“It is too early to say if the slowdown in the economy has bottomed out. Also, it is too early to say whether Asia’s third-largest economy would be able to stick to its fiscal deficit targets,” said a top source in the Indian finance ministry. The statement came against the backdrop of subdued economic activity in July-September, which clearly indicated that the slowdown has actually intensified in comparison to last year. The impact was seen on country’s growth numbers in the second quarter of 2019 and also other macro data. Domestic car sales fell by 37 percent in the third quarter year-on-year, indicating weakness in a sector which provides a considerable amount of employment. Additionally, Indian Railways' passenger rail traffic witnessed negative growth (-2.1percent) in the third quarter. Stirrings were also felt in the financial sector, where bank lending to industry grew only 2.7 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, compared with 6.5 … [Read more...] about Has Asia’s Third-Largest Economy Just Slipped Into a Downward Spiral?