staying together for the sake of the planet

As if going through a divorce was not stressful enough, now researchers say marriage break-ups are bad for the environment.

A survey of 12 countries shows that rising divorce rates around the world have resulted in more households with fewer people in them. This escalates the use of resources such as water, land and energy, leading researchers to declare that divorcces lead to less sustainable lifestyles.

“People have been talking about how to protect the environment and combat climate change, but divorce is an overlooked factor,” said Jianguo Liu, an ecological sustainability expert at Michigan State University.

The Age (Australia), 4 Dec 2007 – screen copy held by this website