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Global change has become a popular word in scientific debates on long-range structural change in the earths ecology Globalization has in the past played a major role in the controversial environmental debates Many problems resulted in this area of discussion in regard to the intricate linkages between globalization government trade and transport and environmental decay The current debate on the environmental effects of globalization is particularly concerned with the question whether a worldwide liberalization of trade may provoke environmental collapse Three major environmental concerns related to trade are the domestic environmental effects caused by the use of imported products the foreign environmental effects caused by the production of exported goods and the environmental effects caused by transport movements needed for international trade In a democratic society the citizens presume the right to make laws that reflect their deepest values yet this is no longer the case With the emergence of the World Trade Organization WTO democracy has been abandoned It no longer matters what the democratic societies want but what the global corporations wantCreated in 1994 the WTO is already among the most powerful reserved undemocratic bodies on earth It has been granted with vast powers which include the right to judge whether laws of nations are impairments to trade by WTO standards They rule laws concerning public health food safety small business labor standards culture human rights and other social and economic procedures Krugman and Obstfeld 23 If any of these laws proved to be harming to trade the WTO can demand their nullification or enforce very harsh sanctions Trade should be a tool to achieve shared human aspirations to improve standards living and to enhance the quality of life Trade rules should not provide a license to degrade the world or force it to trade away those things that value the most like clean air clean water wild life and wild places 30Yet currently international rules can prevent America and other nations from
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