The Post-Crisis Crises

NEW YORK – In de schaduw van de eurocrisis en de 'fiscal cliff' in Amerika is het niet zo moeilijk de langetermijnproblemen van de wereldeconomie te negeren. Maar terwijl we ons op onze onmiddellijke zorgen concentreren, blijven die andere problemen bestaan, zodat we er uiteindelijk spijt van zullen krijgen dat we ze over het hoofd hebben gezien.

Het meest serieuze probleem is de opwarming van de aarde. Hoewel de zwakke prestaties van de wereldeconomie hebben geleid tot een corresponderende vertraging van de stijging van de koolstofdioxide-uitstoot, betekent dit slechts een kort uitstel. En we zijn al ver achterop geraakt: omdat we zo traag hebben gerageerd op de klimaatverandering, zullen voor het bereiken van de beoogde limiet van twee graden Celsius voor de stijging van de mondiale temperatuur deze eeuw scherpe reducties van de emissies nodig zijn.

Sommigen opperen dat we, gezien de vertraging van de economische groei, de maatregelen tegen de opwarming van de aarde beter op een lager pitje kunnen zetten. Maar het tegendeel is waar: als we de wereldeconomie zouden voorbereiden op de klimaatverandering zouden we juist bijdragen aan het herstel van de vraag en de groei.

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