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New Report: More than 15 Million Jobs Could Be Created Worldwide by Pollution Cleanup

Blue Plains construction scenes 053Some 15 million to 60 million jobs could be created worldwide during the next two decades if nations took better care of the planet, according to an Associated Press report on a new U.N. study sustainable development.

The study acknowledges that some jobs would inevitably be lost by switching to a "greener" economy as older technologies give way to the new, according to the report. But the heads of the U.N.'s International Labor Organization and the U.N. Environment Program emphasized that net gains of up to 2 percent in total global employment are possible, mainly through more renewable and efficient energy use.

These results add a global perspective to what is already happening in the Chesapeake Bay region.  A report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation concluded that new EPA pollution limits for the Bay are likely to create almost 240,000 jobs across the region through improved stormwater and sewage systems alone.

One good example is at the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington DC, the largest sewage plant in the Bay region.  There, tens of thousands of jobs are being created for construction workers, engineers, designers and others as Blue Plains builds additional treatment systems to remove the amount of nitrogen pollution from the plant by 44 percent by the year 2014, according to a CBF report.  To read this report,“The Economic Argument for Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay and its Rivers,” click here.


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