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Agenda 21 identifies population growth as one of the crucial elements affecting long-term sustainability. Population growth, at both national and sub national levels, represents a fundamental indicator for national decision makers. Its significance must be analysed in relation to other factors affecting sustainability. However, rapid population growth can place strain on a country’s capacity for …

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Energy is important because it supports our economy, having an important role in the provision of goods and services. However, energy production does have its environmental effects. The combustion of fossil fuels is the main cause of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear energy is safe if managed properly, although the potential impacts of …

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To deliver a more sustainable economy we need to make better use of resources, promote stability and competition, develop skills and reward work, and supply goods and services which meet consumers’ needs whilst minimising their impact on the environment. Business needs a strong, stable economy as the basis for innovation and investment, on which future …

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Transport provides a key component for our economic and social activities, enabling us to shift resources and products, and allowing us to make journeys for leisure and work. Most forms of transport, including cars, buses and aeroplanes are powered using fossil fuels and contribute to air pollution, particularly in urban areas where there is a …

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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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Agriculture has both positive and negative impacts on the environment. Agriculture is an important food source for most societies around the world. However, when agricultural processes are too intensive and fertilisers and pesticides are over-used, damage to the environment can occur. Effects include reduced soil and water quality, habitat and biodiversity loss and the introduction …

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Consumption

Consumption places a strain on natural resources and can lead to increased waste production. Consumption can involve anything from packaged foods to transport, leisure and tourism, and as we increase our demand for these products and services, we are using up valuable resources. Agenda 21 highlights the need to change our consumption and production patterns …

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Poverty

Because of its multi-dimensional nature, it is complex to provide an accurate definition of poverty and the poor. Poverty is related with a state of physical want regarded as insufficient means to meet minimum needs for nutrition, housing, health and education. It is often aggravated by lack of access to employment opportunities and by various …

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Industrialisation over the last 200 years has increased the quantities of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, Fossil fuel burning, for example, has enhanced the natural greenhouse effect. In addition, changes in land use and deforestation have contributed to the greenhouse effect by reducing carbon sinks that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As a result, …

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To achieve stable and sustainable growth, we need a well-educated and adaptable labour-force. Learning also has a wider contribution to make – it promotes active citizenship and helps to combat social exclusion. It opens up opportunities for people and gives them the chance to make a full contribution to the community. In a world which …

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