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Although it has often received bad publicity, many people argue that nuclear power has a significant part to play in maintaining a balanced energy policy. It currently contributes to 29% of the UKs electricity generation and a great deal more in countries like France and Germany. Nuclear power generation does not contribute to air pollution …

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Cycling is often the quickest way to make short journeys. It also has the advantage that it does not release air pollution to the atmosphere, unlike motorised forms of transport. Cycling has been popular in many European countries with excellent cycle lanes segregated from main road traffic routes. In the UK, cycling has declined in …

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Transport

Since human beings transformed their lifestyles from hunter gathering to an agricultural and domesticated existence, they have searched for ways to move around other than on foot. Early forms of transport included boats and horses. It was not until the Industrial Revolution however, that transport really took off, with the development of steam power and …

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Gaia

The Earth is our life support system, evolving over billions of years, presently providing life forms with the atmosphere and resources suitable for survival. In the 1960s James Lovelock considered that the Earth was like a living organism, itself engaged in a self-regulation to support its own “survival”. His Gaia hypothesis, as it has become …

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The biological diversity of the world  the variability among living organisms is valuable for ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic reasons. Biodiversity plays an important role in evolution and for maintaining the condition of life support systems within the biosphere. If we are going to meet the food and health needs …

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Tourism is one of the biggest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the global economy and has significant environmental, cultural, social, and economic effects, both positive and negative. Tourism has been noted as the world’s largest and fastest-growing industry. In 1998, it represents over 10% of all countries’ gross national products (GNP) and directly or indirectly …

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Stress

Stress is becoming an increasing problem in our society today for a variety of reasons, not least because of the time constraints individuals are facing throughout their daily lives. High levels of stress, particularly in the workplace are detrimental to an efficient and sustainable economy, and can place unnecessary burdens on health care systems. Stress …

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One of the core principles of sustainable development is the “Polluter Pays” Principle. This recognises that the polluter should pay for any environmental damage created, and that the burden of proof in demonstrating that a particular technology, practice or product is safe should lie with the developer, not the general public. Unfortunately, when and how …

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In recent years the increasing amount of lighting, including street, security and advertising lighting, has meant that a dark sky has become a rarity, particularly in urban areas. This is of concern to astronomers and the general public because the sight of the stars is one of Nature’s wonders. No one wishes to deny our …

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The environment is our life support system. It includes everything that we rely on during our lifetime such as air, water, metals, soil, rock and other living organisms. It is important to remember that the state of our environment is influenced by our behaviour and that we have the opportunity to either nurture or mistreat …

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