01 Jun '12, 5pm

The Solution to the Jobs Crisis: Go Green, Emphasize 'Low Productivity' Professions

The Solution to the Jobs Crisis: Go Green, Emphasize 'Low Productivity' Professions

Kirby Photo Archive /CC BY-ND 2.0 The latest US jobs stats from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics are in, with far fewer jobs added in May than expected—though compared to May 2009, both jobs and unemployment figures are quite rosy. Analysis of the data, what often seems like the national obsession, is available at the link above. What I want to draw attention to, set against this backdrop, is a new report from UNEP, showing that tens of millions of new jobs will be created globally by transitioning to a low-carbon, greener economy. Specifically, a low-carbon economy is likely to create 15-60 million new jobs, even taking into account jobs lost from economic sectors unable to switch to low-carbon technologies. UNEP executive director Achim Steiner, quoted by The Guardian : The findings underline that [the green economy] can include million more people in terms overcoming ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-jobs/solution-job-crisis-...

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