Environment in Crisis
Authors: Dr. Md. Zulfequar Ahmad Khan
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There are some uncertainties as to what effects a change in environment might have on the earth. The environment is our basic life-support system. Over the last two decades our reliance on the environment has been graphically displayed in series of some major environmental disaster. To fulfill our needs, there has been discriminate or unwise use of natural resources. That`s why, many parts of the environment have been badly damaged. If we continue to treat the environment as we have done up to now, the damage will get worse, the costs higher, and the consequences more serious. There are a number of factors responsible changes. The most prominent one is the industrial revolution. Consumerism (our increasing want for material things) has increased by leaps and bounds, creating mountains of waste. Our population has increased to an incredible extent. There are several challenges and they can be classified as economic, institutional, psychological, and informational. The threat of global environmental problem is growing. However, the actions must be carried within a sustainable and equitable development framework. The paper discussed several options but implementing them requires detailed analysis to ensure that national benefits are maximized. The importance of local control and management cannot be over-emphasized in ensuring sustainable development.
Keywords: Environment, Pollution, Photochemical, Deforestation, Renewable energy.