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4.2 SEB323 Environment #2 11-Sep-09

4.2 SEB323 Environment #2 11-Sep-09 - Todays subject is...

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Today’s subject is sustainability and the manufacturing industry. 1
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Pollution includes any form of physical matter or any form of energy that is put into the environment in such quantities that it produces undesirable effects. In particular it is important to note that we consider both the natural environment (which is everything on Earth except things and phenomena created by human beings) as well as the built environment (which is all things and phenomena created by the human species that modifies the natural environment). 2
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The more traditional model for controls on pollution followed this principle – and generally have been less than successful in controlling pollution especially in developing nations and nations where the political system is prone to corruption. We’ll look behind the scenes of this when we cover environmental laws and regulation in later lectures. 3
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