Policy Forum

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Science  04 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5309, pp. 55-57
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5309.55

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Environmental degradation and resource depletion are not inevitably linked to consumption. The root causes of these problems are instead market and policy failures that lead consumers and producers to ignore the full social costs of their decisions. Policy-makers should focus not on capping consumption, but rather on addressing market and policy failures through economic and political liberalization and environmental policy reform.