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Local Consumption Impacts Foreign Environments


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Local consumption, global consequences: Examining impacts of an interconnected world

Journal investigates widening gap between where products are made and where impacts occur

YALE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 
Everything, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to cars we drive, has global implications, requiring resources from distant places and generating pollution far from our homes. But while these impacts have been known for a long time, our understanding of the complex ripple effect throughout the global economy and on natural and social systems remains rudimentary.
In a new special issue, "Linking Local Consumption and Global Impacts," Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology examines the virtual shrinking of distances between places -- arising because of trade, telecommunication and travel -- and the widening gap between where products are made, where they're used, and where the impacts occur.
The articles link consumption and/or production activities to a wide range of environmental impacts, including water, energy and land use; various pollutants; and economic and social indicators, such as child labor, social costs of carbon, and loss of human life.


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