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Now even advisers to national governments are confirming our worst fears.

Says Tom Burke (formerly of Friends of the Earth and now an adviser to a British cabinet minister): "Successes of the past 25 years have been mere tactical victories in a long retreat for the environment." Official reports show, for instance, that European Union countries are not meeting targets set at the Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro four years ago. (Source: The Independent.)

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