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Introduction to Environmental Engineering by Alandra Kahl

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Chapter 8

Concepts of Long-Term Environmental Sustainability

8.1 Introduction

Long-term sustainability is a concept that chances of survival will be improved by ensuring that resources are responsibly managed and maintained. In the modern economy, most business practices were developed in a time when environmental impacts were barely understood and often not even seriously considered. During the Industrial Revolution, science had not yet developed a widespread means of assessing environmental damage. Low levels of infrastructure and communication gaps meant that even in the 20th century exploitation of commercial and environmental resources in developing nations went unnoticed or unreported for years. As the global economy has developed, so ...

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