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Pollution

The environmental impact of human beings has grown in scale, become more rapid, and changed in character. Whereas we once transformed locales or regions, today we can be said to be transforming the Earth on a global scale. Changes which once took decades or centuries are now taking place over the course of a few …

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Conventional power stations burn coal, oil or gas to produce electricity. Coal, oil and gas are called fossil fuels because they form over millions of years through the decay, burial and compaction of rotting vegetation on land (coal), and marine organisms on the sea floor (oil and gas). Burning fossil fuels in this way releases …

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Preferable futures are those we positively hope for and work to create. Such desirable futures are based on our hopes, aspirations and dreams. They embody our notions of what a better world might be like. Some of the criteria available for constructing images of preferable futures are related to commonalities of human experience: sustainability, health, …

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Evolution

Evolution is the process by which life has developed on Earth; the species that exist today are the product of evolution. It is a process that continues today. Over the course of the Earth’s history, millions of different species have evolved, flourished, and then become extinct. Human beings are just once species that has evolved …

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Lack of physical activity or exercise, like a poor diet, can lead to a range of health and other social problems, which if prevalent amongst large sections of society are not beneficial to a sustainable future Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It also can help prevent …

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Crime clearly affects a communitys safety and sense of security, and it is also believed to have major impacts on neighbourhood stability, urban economic development, education, social integration, and the perceived quality of life. Today, crime and disorder are often viewed as a cause, as well as an effect, of the decline of many inner …

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Since the Industrial Revolution, the effects of human processes such as fossil fuel burning, urban expansion, deforestation and the use of chemicals, have put greater and greater strains on the environment, leading to problems such as pollution, resource depletion and the loss of biodiversity. Prior to the 1960s and 1970s these problems attracted relatively little …

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Lakes are one of the planet’s most important freshwater resources providing water for domestic, agricultural and industrial uses for much of the world’s population. We are all familiar with the image of Earth as the “blue planet” when seen from space. It gives the impression that water is plentiful and indeed it is. However, pictures …

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An effective transport system is vital for a successful society and economy, and a good quality of life. However, the growth of transport is widely believed to have damaging effects on our environment, and in particular the atmosphere. Pollutants that are emitted from motor vehicles can lead to human health problems, poor air quality, acid …

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Biodiversity has been defined by the International Committee for Bird Preservation as ‘the total variety of life on Earth.’ [It can mean the range of species at a site, the size of the gene pool, or the number of different ecosystems on the planet.] It is important for sustainable development because it represents the wealth …

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