Urban sprawl "taking over Europe"

European environment agency warns that towns on track to double in area in a century

More than a quarter of the EU’s territory has been directly affected by urban sprawl, according to a study by the European environment agency published on Friday.  Between 1990 and 2000 alone, more than 800,000 hectares were built on (three times the size of Luxembourg).  This phenomenon is due to changing lifestyles more than increased population, the agency says.  The amount of space consumed per person has more than doubled over the past 50 years.  The report also suggests potential policies to combat the trend.  See EEA briefing and report.

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