Critical Consumption Trends and Implications: Degrading Earth's Ecosystems
Emily Matthews, Allen L. Hammond, World Resources InstituteISBN: 1569734100;
This report argues that production and consumption patterns are integrally linked: that the entire use cycle must be considered if environmental effects are to be understood, potential interventions identified, and effective policy approaches articulated. This report also argues that industrialized and developing countries have many common or overlapping interest in the environmental terns, especially evident in the food fiber and fishery products. The authors suggest that the urgency of addressing consumption in this systemic fashion becomes clear when consumption trends are considered. Within a decade, plausible demand forecasts suggest a marked escalation of environmental impacts, if the present production-consumption patterns are not altered.
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