No country has met welfare goals in past 30 years ‘without putting planet at risk’

No country has met welfare goals in past 30 years ‘without putting planet at risk’

Exclusive: even wealthy nations seen as having good sustainability records use more than fair share of resources, finds study

No country has managed to meet the basic social needs of its population in the past 30 years without putting undue pressure on the Earth’s supply of natural resources, according to a study.

Looking at a sample of 148 nations, research by the University of Leeds found wealthy countries were putting the future of the planet at risk to make minimal gains in human welfare, while poor countries were living within ecological boundaries but underachieving in areas such as life expectancy and access to energy.

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