Environmental problems are negative changes to the natural environment of the planet. This may reduce the current quality of life of people and threaten the long term sustainability of communities, societies and life itself. The following are common examples of environmental problems.
Bioaccumulation of Pollution
Cruise Ship Emissions
Environmental Impact of War
Indoor Air Quality
Persistent Organic Pollutants
Unsustainable Fishing Practices
Urban Heat Island
Volatile Organic Compounds
Cause & EffectEnvironmental problems are defined according to their impact on the environment or people. For example, consumerism is arguably a root cause of pollution but isn't an environmental problem itself.
Problems & RisksBeyond current problems, there are environmental risks that represent possible future problems. For example, the risk of nuclear war.
SolutionsSolutions to environmental problems generally require systems thinking whereby you consider possible unintended consequences. For example, solutions that directly address the root cause of a problem such as producing vehicles with zero or low emissions that are required to be efficiently recycled or reused at the end of their life.
People, Planet & ProfitsPeople, planet & profits is the principle that solutions to environmental problems not make things worse for people or the economy. This defeats the false dichotomies of environment vs people or environment vs economy. This can also be viewed as pragmatic realism that recognizes that environmental action that is hostile to people and their goals it is unlikely to succeed. For example, green infrastructure projects that provide jobs and solve environmental problems at the same time.
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