Water pipe leakage, aviation emissions, household waste levels and childhood obesity have all increased over the past five years, a new report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said this week.
But the Guide to state of our Environment, Society and Economy also says that the country's performance on air pollution emissions, waste recycling, housing conditions and local environmental quality has improvedThe guide contains the latest set of pointers to the state of the nation across a range of concerns including health, housing, jobs, crime, education and the environment, measuring progress of the UK's sustainable development strategy. The set of 68 indicators includes 'traffic lights' to signal where things are getting better, worse or staying the same. Of all the distinct messages from the indicators (many indicators comprise more than one measure) there are 53 measures which show improvement, 17 show deterioration, and 24 show no change, compared with the situation around five years ago. Related links:Today's top stories