The most difficult environmental problems to solve, namely climate change, protecting nature and biodiversity, sustainable management of waste and natural resources as well as environment and health, all reflect the scale of resource use, according to the second European Environment Agency (EEA) annual report on environmental trends.
The answer, says the agency, must therefore start with decoupling economic growth from consumption and pollution. Without more effective public policy to steer production and consumption, it adds, Europe will not meet its environmental and sustainable development goals.
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