EEA warning over Europe's resource efficiency

Europe's continuing depletion of natural resources and ecosystem services will undermine its economy if left unchecked, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday as it released it latest assessment of Europe's environment.

The assessment, published every five years, covers all EU and EFTA countries plus Turkey and the Balkan states. It shows Europe is consuming more resources than it has. In the EU-12, resource use increased by 34% between 2000 and 2007. But there has been an encouraging partial decoupling of resource use and economic output.

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