environmentally harmful subsidy

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mandarina.m

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This is the OECD definition of an environmentally harmful subsidy:

All other things being equal, the [environmentally harmful] subsidy increases the levels of output/use of a natural resource and therefore increases the level of waste, pollution and natural exploitation to those connected.

Everything is clear to me, except fot the last three words "to those connected". What do they refer to? "Things" and "levels" are the only plural words in this sentence, but it makes no sense when replacing "those" with them. Unfortunately, I don't have any more contex.

Thank you for any hints.

 
  • Cagey

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    I would think it is an error. I believe they should have written:
    therefore increases the level of waste, pollution and natural exploitation connected to those.
    But if that is correct, the sentence is not well constructed. "Those" would have to refer to natural resources, but the connection is not clear.
     
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    mandarina.m

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    Well, this certainly makes more sense. And it looks so obvious now ... :)

    Maybe those refers to the "levels", but, I agree, it's not an exemplary sentence.

    Thank you.
     
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