Anglo-Welsh environment challenges reviewed

Climate change, resource use, top agency's "priorities for the new millennium"

Outstanding and emerging environmental problems comprise a challenging agenda for the future despite past progress on several fronts, according to an overview of environmental quality just released by the Anglo-Welsh environment agency. Priorities for the new millennium include climate change, unsustainable use of resources and energy, pollution and loss of wildlife.

Entitled Environment 2000 and Beyond, the report breaks no new ground but brings together a range of more detailed environmental assessment work done by the environment agency since its creation five years ago. It stresses that further environmental improvements will have to be achieved without preventing social or economic progress, thus contributing to overall sustainable development.

Key "problem" trends identified include a steady rise in the number of households, which are expected to grow by a further 19% between 1996 and 2021, increasing demand for land, water, energy and aggregates. Road traffic could increase by another quarter in the next decade and air transport is growing by 4.5% per year. Household waste arisings continue to grow by about 3% per year, and some other waste streams are increasing even faster.

Follow Up:
Anglo-Welsh environment agency, tel: +44 1454 62 44 00, press release, and the report Environment 2000 and Beyond.

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