GREEN JOBS

Thursday December 6 2007
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Climate change is creating millions of "green jobs" in sectors from solar power to biofuels that will slightly exceed layoffs elsewhere in the economy, a U.N. report said on Thursday.
Union experts at U.N. climate talks in Bali, Indonesia, said the findings might ease worries among many workers that tougher environmental standards could mean an overall loss of jobs for many countries.
"Millions of new jobs are among the many silver, if not indeed gold-plated, linings on the cloud of climate change," Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a statement.
"New research reveals that these jobs are not for just the middle classes -- the so-called 'green collar' jobs -- but also for workers in construction, sustainable forestry and agriculture, engineering and transportation," he said.
The study of "Green Jobs" around the world said that measures to promote ethanol in Brazil, for instance, had created 500,000 jobs. In China, 150,000 people were employed in solar heating, a sector with sales revenues in 2005 of $2.5 billion.
And it said that renewable energy programmes in Spain and Germany, such as in promoting wind power, had "already created several hundred thousand jobs".
The environmental industry employed more than 5.3 million people in the United States in 2005, according to a UNEP statement that did not give a breakdown by sector.
"There's every indication that there will be a net gain (in jobs) but probably not a very large net gain," Janos Pasztor, a senior UNEP official, told a news conference in Bali. IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS ,WEEKS OR MONTHS THERE WILL BE A LOT OF discussion about lost manufacturing jobs . . . . . . . .I HOPE THAT SANITY PREVAILS AND PEOPLE SEE THROUGH SOME OF THE BASELESS RHETORIC AND RECOGNIZE THAT A LOT OF GOOD NEWS CAN ALSO DEVELOP IF PEOPLE ADOPT A GREENER LIFESTYLE.

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