In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, a layer of smog envelops the city skyline before Diwali festival in New Delhi, India. As north Indian cities enter the season of high air pollution, a new report is warning about the dangers to children. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) (Credit: AP)

On April 22, as protesters swelled Earth Day rallies in U.S. cities and around the world, President Trump tweeted that he was “committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!” His message was eerily similar to assertions by governments in developing countries that environmental standards are less important than attracting jobs.

Indeed, over the last few decades many developing countries have adopted loose environmental standards to lure foreign firms to move production there. However, an emerging body of research shows that policies like this also bring heavy pollution to the host countries.

In a recent study, my co-author Xiaoyang Li and I found that a significant number of U.S. firms reduce their pollution at home by offshoring production to poor and less regulated countries. The greening of U.S. manufacturing over the past several decades may be …read more

Source:: Salon – Life

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