The relation of trade and the environment

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Fast Track’s Failure and the Environment in a Global Economy
By Steve Holmer, Campaign Coordinator, Western Ancient Forest Campaign, 18 November 1997. Congressmen who have long records of support for free trade opposed Clinton’s Fast Track because they recognized that investment and trade agreements in a global economy inherently affect the environment, and the NAFTA model that this Fast Track was patterned after is not an approach that balances protections for investment with environmental safeguards.
Free-market environmentalism
By Michael Parrish, Environmental News Network, Tuesday 16 November 1999. Many environmentalists now advocate the use of market forces to achieve environmental goals set two decades ago. Instead of relying on government alone to mandate environmental progress, they have devised clever ways to use the basic power of markets—the incentive of profit—to effect change.
100 days after Seattle: WTO members yet to learn lessons of Seattle debacle
ICFTU ONLINE..., 052/000310/JH, 10 March 2000. Popular confidence in the multilateral trading system is at an all-time low. Unless there are changes to WTO rules to incorporate social, developmental and environmental considerations, such public opposition to WTO trade talks will only increase.
World trade accelerating environmental damage
By Someshwar Singh, March 2000. As world trade continues its steady upward climb, it is placing unprecedented strains on the health of the Earth’s ecosystems. But today’s emerging global governance structures, such as the World Trade Organisation, for the most part give short shrift to the urgent need to halt global environmental decline.