US environmental report card: could do better
The US should make more efficient use of water and energy resources if it is to safeguard economic prosperity while protecting the environment and human health.
These are two of the main findings of the latest OECD review of environmental policy in the US. It fins that, while progress has been made in certain key areas, more effort is needed in others.
Unsurprisingly, it also recommends that the US play a more proactive role in dealing with global environmental concerns.
The review evaluates the ways in which the US manages air quality, water resources and biodiversity and the way it integrates environmental concerns into economic and fiscal policies.
On the basis of this evaluation, the report recommends that the US should:
However, the report does recognise the US’ achievements since 1996 including reducing emissions of lead and nitrogen oxides as well as its leadership in actual environmental science.
Overall though, the OECD report urges the United States to increase the efficiency of its environmental management projecting that doing so would yield economic benefits.
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