Modelling Multi-regional Ecological Exchanges: The Case of UK and Africa

Grantham supervisor Prof Lenny Koh and others have written a paper examining the environmental burden of goods and services and how it relates to both economic and production systems

‘As environmental impacts continue to rise, the need to identify and quantify the underlying causes of these impacts has prompted important research questions. This is heightened by the fact that the production of goods and services is becoming increasingly global with countries relying on each other through trade. As such, it is important to have a mechanism in place to understand the environmental burden shifts from one country to another. To this end, this paper exploits a paradox in global environmental analysis, which stems from a false decoupling between economic and production systems as observed in most developed nations, which results in improved territorial emissions of these developed countries at the expense of developing countries.’

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