Recession fails to dampen concern for the environment

Two opinion polls have shown that public concern for the environment has ridden the recession and is now almost back at the peak level of the late 1980s. Pessimism about future trends in environmental quality is rampant, especially among the young, and a sizeable majority are in favour of stronger environmental protection measures even if this brings higher prices. And on two currently topical issues, the polls indicate that a relaxation of limits on pesticides in drinking water would be unpopular, but that opinion is divided on whether transport policy should favour roads or public transport.

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