"Green backlash" feared from world slowdown

EU's Wallström claims "serious risk" to environment, sustainability, agenda after US terrorist attacks

European environment commissioner Margot Wallström has voiced fears that economic gloom in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks on the USA could crowd environmental issues off the global agenda.

"There is a serious risk that we will experience a backlash where these economic problems will overshadow long-term questions of environment and sustainable development," Ms Wallström told Dagens Nyheter newspaper in her native Sweden, adding that such a reaction must be resisted.

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