Friend or foe?

A STUDY conducted by the World Wild Fund of Nature (WWF) has claimed that Norwegians, who pride themselves on their green attitude, are the most environmentally-destructive people on Earth. The study says that Norwegians put four times as much pressure on environment as the average global citizen and 50 per cent more than Americans or Australians. The reason: Norway catches 250 kg of fish per head, more than 10 times the world average. Much of it is not eaten directly but fed to salmon in fish farms. The findings are based on a "Living Planet Index", which WWF hopes will become the equivalent of Dow Jones Index of Global Warming. Even though the report is critical of Norway, it was appreciated by Gro Harlem Burndtland, former prime minister of Norway and author of 1987 United Nations report on sustain able development.

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