Sweden to move goal posts on environmental quality

More than ten years after Sweden's pioneering adoption of 15 environmental quality objectives, many of the goals look unlikely to be met within the hoped-for timeframe of "a generation", according to a government-commissioned report published on Monday.

Despite improvement in the overall state of the environment, the objectives themselves – ranging from clean air and unpolluted groundwater to chemicals policy and radiation – have proven "difficult or impossible to achieve", the Swedish environment ministry said in a statement.

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