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This booklet is set the worldwide want for sustainable development. The variety of humans in the world and their use of the assets of the planet for power make it essential to construct in a different way. The planet is exhibiting severe indicators of pressure. in accordance with Dr. David Grissmer, my sister's husband, as all of us rode jointly lately throughout the melting Columbia ice box in Alberta, Canada, "The results of worldwide warming are very likely catastrophic, and because the preventative thoughts are inclined to take many years to paintings, whether the possibilities are small that people are the reason, we have to start to deal with the issue." I knew this was once a guarded assertion from a physicist approximately what had almost certainly triggered the replaced ecosystems in our global.

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In such circumstances, the commission may referthe matter 34 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A N D ENVIRONMENTAL GAIN back to thecourt with the recommendation that the Member State be fined a penalty payment. The decisionon whether to imposea fine, and the level of the fine, lies within the discretion of the court (Johnson and Corcelle, 1995, p485). European Commission The commission is the EU executive, essentiallythe European civil service. Based in Brussels, it has 16,000 staff in 24 different Directorates-General (DGs), eachof which isheaded by a director-general.

40 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A N D ENVIRONMENTALG A I N State of the Environment Reporting In 1995, the European Environment Agency published Europe’s Environment: the Dobris Assessment. This major survey - the result of more than three years’ work - had been requested at the conference of environment ministers at Dobris Castle, near Prague, in 1991. Its goals were to adopt a comprehensive view of the European environment, to provide a basis for effective measures, strategies and policies to address environmental problems nationally and regionally, and to inform the public and raise awareness about the common responsibility for the environment.

Lastly, the invention, innovationand diffusion of new clean (or cleaner) technologies is perceived as essential to improve environmental and economic performance. This represents a technological imperative within ecological modernization, designed to decouple economic development and negative environmental impact. In order to integrate these four themes, an evaluative methodology is required that will estimate a country’s capacity to incorporate ecological modernization and assess its ability to shift toan environmentally benign development path (Janicke, 1992).

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