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Awareness of the incompatibility between care for the environment and the growth of consumption and technology has given rise to the concept of sustainable development, today generally understood as defining the ways in which human progress are to meet the needs and aspirations of the present generation without jeopardising the chances of future generations. Three conflicting values can be identified: the allocation of resources (efficiency), the distribution of goods (equity) and timescale (sustainability), the latter requiring concerted action at regional, national and international level, thus raising the issue of spatial aspects of the axes of conflict between growth and environment, since local action has global effects (such as deforestation) just as global problems (such as acid rain) affect the local environment.

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Authors: PARUCCINI M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Sistemaricerca, Vol. 34 (1994) pp. 23-25
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