Growing population and affluence are the main causes of environmental stress, according to a new study, published in the February issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Meanwhile, the research shows that urbanization, economic structure and the age of the population have little impact on our ecological footprint.
The study identified 20 nations that will likely have the biggest impact by the year 2015. Following the United States at the top of the list are China and India. For more information, read this summary at Eurekalert.org.
For environmental reporters covering growth and sprawl, this is an interesting perspective. Check it out.