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Sustaining the challenge Just how serious are we about sustainable development? Peter Guthrie argues that construction should be leading the way.

The words sustainable development contradict each other. The phrase itself - though possessing a nice ring when delivered at Rio - can best be described as triumph of hope over experience. Development, based on economic growth with its current reliance on fossil fuel-derived energy, is not sustainable, and anything that helps us believe it might be will in time cause grave harm.

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