The price is right: Modeling economic growth in a zero-emission society

Pollution from manufacturing is now widespread, affecting all regions in the world, with serious ecological, economic, and political consequences. Heightened public concern and scrutiny have led to numerous governments considering policies that aim to lower pollution and improve environmental qualities. Inter-governmental agreements such as the Paris Agreement and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals all focus on lowering emissions of pollution. Specifically, they aim to achieve a “zero-emission society,” which means that pollution is cleaned up as it is produced, while also reducing pollution (This idea of dealing with pollution is referred to as the “kindergarten rule.”)

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