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Chapter Five: Outlook and Recommendations - Outlook for the 21st century

Time is running out

There used to be a long time horizon for undertaking major environmental policy initiatives. Now time for a rational, well-planned transition to a sustainable system is running out fast. In some areas, it has already run out: there is no doubt that it is too late to make an easy transition to sustainability for many of the issues discussed in Chapter 2 of this publication. Full-scale emergencies now exist on a number of issues. For example:


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