Strict environmental laws in a country where a company is headquartered ‘push’ firms to pollute elsewhere, a new study finds.

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and we are not yet running out of 3rd world countries where the multinationals can pollute at will and use child/slave labour just to increase profits and please the shareholders.


This is why it can be very misleading to look at how specific countries are faring in lowering CO2 emissions rather than the planet as a whole, just like looking only at a specific country’s climate change can’t tell you about the global trend. The issue is that under the Paris Agreement, countries are held responsible for CO2 emissions that occur within their borders only, while the actual companies producing CO2 are transnational. If a German company has a factory in China which produces goods that get sold in Germany, that pollution is not added to Germany’s balance sheet.


This really shouldn’t be news to anyone with a decent idea of how the world economy works. I’ve been saying it for ages and I’ll say it again: We desperately need a World Environment Organisation that can standardize environmental laws all over the globe, so there are no places that can be “refuges” from environmental law. This same organisation would also need the teeth to be able to punish errant companies under its own authority. This is the only way we’ll truly get out of the climate crisis (other than the complete collapse of capitalism).


I have known about this for 30 years and I’m 46. Wake up people The Merican Government has allowed corporations to use a time warp to enslave people in pollute as much is they like. We are in sleeving people all over the country to do our bidding because we can’t enslaved people here. Make sense? If the government makes it so you can’t do it here the government doesn’t make it so you can’t do it somewhere else.


Yup. Buy local and domestically produced goods whenever you can if you’re in a high-restriction country. Unfortunately individual consumers are a drop in the bucket compared to the shiploads of cheap chinese garbage ordered every day by big box and online retailers.