Scotland’s environment agency has
warned the country’s industries and farmers that their waste and inefficiency
is now the biggest threat to the environment, overtaking pollution.
In a marked shift
in strategy, the regulator’s chief executive, Terry A’Hearn, will urge
businesses, farmers and manufacturers to adopt a “one planet prosperity” policy
designed to cut their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and resource
“The major threat
to the environment now is that humanity is overusing the planet as a resource
base,” he told the Guardian.
A’Hearn argues that
the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has largely won the battle
against so-called gross pollution from onshore sources. Air, water and soil
pollution is now far below the levels seen decades ago.