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Skepticism as “Green Goods” Trade Talks Begin


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Skepticism as “Green Goods” Trade Talks Begin

Carey L. Biron, IPS News

WASHINGTON - Formal negotiations began this week around the increasingly significant global trade in “environmental goods”, those technologies seen as environmentally beneficial, including in combating climate change.

Attempts have been made to liberalize this market for years. But on Tuesday, 13 countries, constituting nearly 90 percent of the current trade in green goods such as solar panels, wind turbines and wastewater treatment filters, came together in Geneva to try again to reach agreement.