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Air Pollution

Good air quality is a fundamental aspect of the quality of life and is an essential component of sustainable development economy. Poor air quality can contribute to ill health. It also has environmental impacts, such as acidification, eutrophication and damage to vegetation and buildings. During the last 20 years or so the international community has …

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Sustainable environment online investment is essential to achieving sustainable development. Much existing infrastructure and many existing practices are unsustainable, and investment will be needed to replace them. Investment in a sustainable future requires the development of skills needed for a productive workforce and competitive economy, and increased participation in lifelong learning across society, in addition …

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Forests

One of the key agreements reached at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit was the Principles of Forest Management. The Principles of Forest Management stated that forests, with their complex ecology, are essential to sustainable development economy and the maintenance of all forms of life. Forests provide wood, food, and medicine and contain a biological diversity …

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Water has a number of uses. Water supplies provide drinking water and freshwaters support considerable wildlife. It is therefore of great importance that the water is kept free from pollution. If treatments become too costly or if aquatic life starts to diminish, then it is fair to say that sustainable practices have not been adopted. …

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Waste

The principles of sustainability agenda requires Governments, industry and the public to make efforts to reduce the amount of wastes by: encouraging recycling; reducing wasteful packaging of products; introducing products that are more environmentally sound. At the moment, the amount of waste produced in the developed world is not sustainable. For example, 99% of the …

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Definitions

For society to continue developing in the way it has done in the past, we need to pay more attention to our environment. How this is best achieved is often a matter of opinion rather than fact, dependent upon different perspectives of the environment and views of nature. Recently, a concept has emerged that has …

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Introduction Spaceship Earth Gaia Ecosystems Evolution Humans Agriculture Industrial Revolution Population Pollution Transport Energy Resources Tragedy of the Commons Environmental Perspectives Conservation & Preservation Environmental Movement Ecocentrism and Technocentrism Principles Introduction Definitions Objectives Interdependence Quality of Life Equity Citizenship Diversity Carrying Capacity Future Generations Uncertainty Precaution Polluter Pays Preferable Futures Environment Introduction Climate Change Air …

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Communities

Healthy and prosperous communities do not just happen. The quality and nature of a community are determined by the choices people make over a number of generations. Ideally, the choices a community makes are knowledgeable and deliberate. But that is not always the case. Environment Resources and Sustainable Development One of the first things we …

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The Industrial Revolution began in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Britain, before spreading around the world. Coal, oil and gas (collectively termed fossil fuels) offered levels of energy production previously undreamed of, leading to shifts towards factory-based systems and the mass production of goods such as cotton. Fossil fuels, principally coal at …

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Diversity

There exists an obvious relationship between the diversity of natural systems (biodiversity) and the diversity, health and sustainability of human systems – cultural, social and economic. Social and economic capital is ultimately created from natural capital, and its protection should be recognised as a fundamental principle of sustainable development. Whilst sustainable development also promotes interdependence …

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