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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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According to sustainable environment online Minerals are a vital resource on which construction, manufacturing and energy industries depend. Aggregates dominate in tonnage and value but other minerals are also important, for instance: silica sand, fluorspar, potash, salt, and special clays in the glass, ceramics, electronics, chemical and fertiliser industries; cement raw materials, brick clay and …

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Forests provide us with a wealth of resources, including timber, biodiversity, and valuable carbon sinks, which help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, human impacts often damage these environments. Much of the damage is a result of direct deforestation for timber and for the conversion of land for agricultural purposes. Forests are otherwise …

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Noise pollution is an increasing source of misery to many people in our society. Noise can be defined as unwanted sound. It is a source of irritation and stress for many people and can even damage our hearing if it is loud enough. Many of us are exposed to stressful levels of noise at home …

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