With the costs of cleaning up the environment rising, some countries can no longer afford to not to invest in sustainable development. The World Bank has estimated that “bad sanitation and water pollution cost India 6 percent of national income” (The Economist). According to The Economist, that’s where the idea of “green growth,” an attempt to reconcile the “often destructive relationship between economic development and the environment,” comes into play. So what does all this mean? The Economist concludes development needs to be “green” from the start.
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