Environmental Health in Emerging Markets full report and translated summaries launched 6 July 2017 and now available
World’s leading experts warn of irreversible environmental destruction and disastrous economic and health consequences of unregulated economic ambition
Unbridled economic growth in many leading economies will have disastrous economic and social consequences and lead to irreversible environmental destruction, a group of global experts warns.
As heads of state gather for the start of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, the expert group calls on world leaders to put human wellbeing before unregulated economic ambition, noting that the relentless pursuit of economic growth is undermining not only the environment but also the very prosperity and benefits it aims to achieve in many countries, not least in emerging markets.
The group states that while rapid economic growth has generated unprecedented improvements in human welfare in recent decades, many policies that continue to maximise growth without enforcing environmental controls are now reaching a point of diminishing social returns.
The report argues that decision-makers have often been more concerned about the cost of interventions to limit environmental damage, seen to hurt business and growth, than about the price tag associated with not doing what is needed.
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