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With around 40% of resource extraction and use linked to world trade, new policies required to address environmental impacts

Published on October 19, 2015

As countries become increasingly dependent on world trade, with 40 per cent of resources extracted and used worldwide linked directly or indirectly to trade, new policies are needed to address adverse environmental impacts, according to a new report.

International Trade in Resources: A biophysical assessment, produced by the United Nations Environment Programme-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP), reveals that the value of international trade has increased over six-fold and its volume more than doubled between 1980 and 2010.

This increase in trade has been accompanied by a shift in resource-intense processes, and associated environmental burdens, to developing nations. Read more. Source | UNEP