November 14, 2006

Forests and prosperity

Tim Worstall has picked up a paper including the information that that in all countries with average GDP over $4,600 forest cover is growing.
What makes this all so important of course is that as the Stern Review points out, land use changes (mainly deforestation) are responsible for some 36% (or is it 38%?) of emissions, more than the entire global transport sector.
This is another argument for the Bjorn Lomborg thesis that the best way to cut pollution by the developing countries is to help them get richer. Tim suggests a few policy conclusions, but they'll hurt some EU voters, are sure to alienate the Green lobby, and don't involve raising taxes. So I can't see that UK politicians will be interested.

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