The biggest polluters in the world are known to be the United States of America and China. In 2007, China overtook the United States for the dubious role of world's greatest carbon emitter.

The rise in agricultural commodities prices has led to the lowest support by rich countries to their farmers in nearly three decades, according to new figures released by the Organisation for Econo

Green bonds could raise hundreds of billions of dollars a year to spur a shift to cleaner economic growth if governments set strong environmental goals such as for slowing climate change, the OECD said on Wednesday.

In a review of efforts to promote greener growth, it urged more innovation to favor investments in clean energies such as wind or solar power and a drive to place more value on ever

Norway could buy and retire carbon permits from the European market to achieve promised deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday.

Norway is not an EU member but is linked to the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS), making it hard to implement a national goal of a cut in emissions of 30 percent below 1990 level

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World food prices will rise this decade, boosted by a growing population and changing diets, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in their annual outlook report.

Juliette Jowit

World Bank and OECD say water must be valued at a higher price in order to force prudent use and create efficient supply systems.

Precious drops:Water going waste from a public tap in Salem. Experts say highly subsidised prices cause people to not use water prudently.

India is in a unique predicament; it has a stake in both preventing climate change and avoiding costly mitigation.
The Indraprastha Thermal Power Station in New Delhi. About one-fourth of the air pollution in Delhi is caused by industries and coal-based thermal power plants, according to the Union Ministry of Environment.

Rethinking Poverty, the 2010 issue of the Report on the World Social Situation seeks to contribute to rethinking poverty and its eradication. It affirms the urgent need for a strategic shift away from the market fundamentalist thinking, policies and practices of recent decades towards more sustainable development- and equity-oriented policies appropriate to national conditions and circumstances.

Mitigating and adapting to climate change increases the cost of development. Considerable resources are needed in addition to the present levels of official development assistance (ODA) to complement rather than undermine the efforts and progress towards the achievement of development objectives including Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).