Climate change, rapid declines in the health of the natural world and over-consumption of resources are problems that require a radically different approach to economic development, writes Dr Richard Dixon. An unusually hard-hitting report from the official European Environment Agency this month warned Europe is at an environmental tipping point which threatens the economy. The UK might soon not be in the EU but we are still contributing to the same environmental problems and feeling the same damaging impacts. The EEA highlights the triple whammy of increasing climate change, rapid declines in the health of the natural world, and our over-consumption of resources. Gradual policies are no longer enough, things need to change rapidly to head off these threats. This state of the environment report is produced every five years, with this one produced early to inform the European Commission’s brewing Green New Deal. Looking at data for 39 countries, the report scores 35 key measures of the health of the environment. Only six of them look on track to meet 2020 targets.
Scotsman 24th Dec 2019 read more »