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Lecture #3 2.3 Human Settlements: Networks of (Unsustainable) Systems Human settlements are made up of many interdependent systems, such as: Transportation Energy Waste management Growth results in an increase in material production and consumption. Human Settlements Growing evidence shows that these systems are not sustainable in the long run. 2.4 What’s Wrong with Human Systems Although human systems may provide us with a steady stream of goods and services, they are systematically reducing the planet’s carrying capacity.
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Unformatted text preview: Human systems: 1. Produce pollution in excess of the planet’s ability to absorb and detoxify wastes 2. Deplete nonrenewable resources faster than substitutes can be found 3. Use renewable resources faster than they can be regenerated 1 2.5 Applying the Principles of Sustainable Development Creating a society that is sustainable requires a number of steps: 1. population stabilization 2. growth management 3. efficiency 4. renewable energy use 5. recycling 6. restoration 7. sustainable resource management 2...
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