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August 9, 2023

‘Green growth’ may be incompatible with sustainability, say scientists

London’s financial district. Scientists are sceptical about the sustainability of “green growth”, which seeks to increase GDP while decoupling it from environmental pressures (Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)
London’s financial district. Scientists are sceptical about the sustainability of “green growth”, which seeks to increase GDP while decoupling it from environmental pressures (Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

A survey of climate researchers reveals growing support for ‘post-growth’ policies that prioritise social justice and human wellbeing over economic activity.

“Green growth” is likely neither possible nor desirable, say scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain, in a paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability.

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