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The World Trade Organization and Climate Change: Challenges and Options

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  • Gary Clyde Hufbauer

    () (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  • Jisun Kim

    () (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

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Trade and environment intersect in many ways. Aside from the broad debate as to whether economic growth and trade adversely affect the environment, there are linkages between existing rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and rules established in various multilateral environmental agreements. Controlling greenhouse gas emissions promises to be a top priority for both national and international agendas, and special attention must be given to the relationship between the WTO and the emerging international regime on climate change. This working paper examines the nexus of the WTO and climate change and discusses challenges and options.

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  • Gary Clyde Hufbauer & Jisun Kim, 2009. "The World Trade Organization and Climate Change: Challenges and Options," Working Paper Series WP09-9, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:iie:wpaper:wp09-9
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    Keywords

    World Trade Organization; WTO; climate change; global warming; border adjustments;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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