Danish report finds reasons to be cheerful

Official four-yearly review identifies decoupling of pollution, growth, on several fronts

Denmark's national environmental research institute (DMU) has published a state-of-the-nation report suggesting that recent government initiatives seem to be working. In particular, the institute points out a series of areas in which pollution is being decoupled from economic growth.

Chief amongst these is that gross energy consumption is virtually unchanged since 1972, despite economic growth of 20% in the past ten years alone. Trends in atmospheric pollution from energy production as well as nutrient emissions from industrial and household waste are singled out as especially promising.

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