Friday, March 20, 2009

Environmental Issues - We have to think over it

Guys, we are going to look at the broad context of environmental issues. These issues are of increasing importance throughout the world and in all types of economies - developed, developing, socialist and capitalist. Emphasis on particular problems may vary from place to place but the ideas presented in this chapter have universal significance.

For example, air quality in cities is an issue whether in Sao Paulo, Seoul or London.

Environmental issues illustrate the interdependency of all the world's nations. Brazil, Korea and England all have traffic problems of their own but only Brazil has indigenous tropical forest. Yet Korea and England also depend on the continued existence of those rain forests.

We will also introduce in this chapter some of the themes and conflicts associated with managing environmental issues in the widest sense. The chapter closes with case studies intended to illustrate two important themes:

• Environmental issues are complex - there may be no simple, right or wrong answer to an environmental dilemma.

• Environmental issues cannot be dissociated from economic issues - environment and development are closely linked whether in the sphere of international relations, creation of national policy or in the management of individual organizations.

Environmental Priorities:

The following is a list of environmental issues starting with those, which are most critical at a global level, and ending with those with more local significance.

• Depletion of the ozone layer
• Global Warming
• Loss of bio-diversity
• Air Pollution
• Water Pollution
• Toxic chemicals
• Nuclear issues
• Depletion of natural resources
• Quality of Life
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