In economic and environmental fields decoupling is becoming increasingly used in the context of economic production and environmental quality when used in this way it refers to the ability of an economy to grow without corresponding increases in environmental pressure in many economies increasing production gdp raises pressure on the environment. The argument that human society can decouple economic growth defined as growth in gross domestic product gdp from growth in environmental impacts is appealing if such decoupling is possible it means that gdp growth is a sustainable societal goal here we show that the decoupling concept can . To head off a looming water crisis meet demand and sustain growth and human wellbeing decoupling water from economic growth is essential the report shows a package of policy and practical responses to aid aspirations for water sustainability. Decoupling refers to higher rates of economic growth than rates of growth in material and energy consumption and environmental impact as a result relative decoupling implies a gain. With proof that sustainable development can be cost effective the biggest cost of decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation is not economic but political the danish minister said but can denmarks successes be applied to the rest of the world
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