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Pollution and waste increasing in five countries despite more efficient use of



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Pollution and waste increasing in five countries despite more efficient use
of resources

WASHINGTON, DC, September 20, 2000  A new report released today by the
World Resources Institute (WRI) reveals that the total output of wastes and
pollutants in Austria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and the USA has
increased by as much as 28 percent since 1975 despite their increasing
efficiency in using natural resources.

The report also reveals that from one-half to three-quarters of the annual
resource inputs used in these five countries are returned to the environment
as wastes within one year.

"The resource efficiency gains brought about by the rise of e-commerce and
the shift from heavy industries toward knowledge- and service-based
industries have been more than offset by the tremendous scale of economic
growth and consumer choices that favor energy- and material-intensive
lifestyles," said Emily Matthews of WRI and lead author of The weight of
nations: Material outflows from industrial economies.

http://www.wri.org/press/weightofnations.html

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