Global Environmental Degradation – Problems and Solutions Essay examples

2598 Words Apr 15th, 2012 11 Pages
Global Environmental Degradation – Problems and Solutions Miss. Parit Sunanda Ram[1]

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Abstract

Environmental degradation is one of the ‘10 Threats’ identified by the High Level Threat Panel1 of the United Nations. Degradation of the environment refers to deterioration of the environmental condition by the depletion of natural resources such as water, air and soil, as well as the destruction of habitats and loss of biodiversity. Such degradation, such as pollution, leads to global warming – the increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s surface.
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Thus historically and at present India’s share in the carbon stock in the atmosphere is relatively very small when compared to the population. India’s carbon emissions per person are twentieth of those of the US and a tenth of most Western Europe and Japan.

2. Pollution: About twenty percent of carbon dioxide emitted in the atmosphere comes from burning of gasoline in the engines of the vehicles. This is true for most of the developed countries. Buildings, both commercial and residential represent a larger source of global warming pollution than cars and trucks. Other prolonged pollutions, such as water pollution (industrial disposal, mining and agricultural wastes and sewage disposal and domestic wastes) and soil pollution (through misuse of the soil by poor agricultural practices and industrial waste disposals and such) are also detrimental to the environment. The natural environment is continuously being exposed to hazardous waste, thus degradation continues to take place.

3. Deforestation:

Pollution, there is also deforestation, which stands as a severe problem throughout the world as tropical rainforests keep on being destroyed by the logging industry. The loss of such important natural environments such as forests, which are important agent in renewing air within our atmosphere, is a serious damage to our nature and such degradation is a serious threat to the health and

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