Air and water pollution are the top environmental concerns for Europeans, according to a European Commission survey, the largest of its kind to date. Ground pollution and the destruction of the ozone layer also ranked high up, while genetically modified foods were further down the list. Seven out of 10 people viewed the environment as “an immediate and urgent problem,” and more than half said that they were more concerned about environmental issues than they were five years ago and that it’s necessary to “fundamentally change our way of life and development if we want to halt deterioration of the environment.” Germans were found to be the most enterprising Europeans when it comes to protecting the environment in their daily lives.

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