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Health

Poor health is very often linked to poverty – the world’s poorest people are often in the poorest state of health owing to disease, malnutrition or starvation. Commonly in developing countries public health suffers from a lack of sanitation from dirty drinking water, and from a lack of food. However, over-consumption and unhealthy lifestyles in …

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Earth & Man

The Earth is unique in the solar system in that, as far as we know, it is the only place that sustains life. Some people even like to view the Earth, or Gaia after the Greek Earth goddess, almost as a living thing itself. Life on Earth has passed through many stages of dynamic evolotion. …

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Society

Sustainable Development is as much about society as it is about the environment. Thriving regions, cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods are fundamental to quality of life. We need to achieve a sense of social cohesion, cultural inclusion and people empowerment. Building sustainable communities is about improvements to the places where people live and work, and …

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The ever-increasing demand for products and services is taking a toll on the environment. Exploitation of resources and manufacturing by-products are increasing stresses on the natural world. The reductions in consumption for countries are largely based on the premise that they should consume no more than their fair share of resources – a premise that …

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In the preparation for a long, deep space voyage, the brains of a group of astronauts were inadvertently altered. These alterations had a very unfortunate effect on the behaviour of the crew, and every time a member carried out a spaceship maintenance operation, an important wire leading to the life support system was disconnected. The …

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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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