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Chapter 2: Environmental Protection and Sustainability 2.1 Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Increasingly, environmental protection is being incorporated more broadly into all human actions and into the process of development. Meeting our needs while protecting the environment is called sustainable development . The Evolution of Environmental Protection Environmental protection has evolved from piecemeal local efforts to a much more comprehensive global strategy involving high levels of cooperation among states and nations covering a wide assortment of environmental problems. The Next Generation of Environmental Protection Efforts Although environmental policy and environmental protection efforts have evolved dramatically in the past three decades, most solutions dealt with symptoms. Efforts are now under way to address the root causes of the problems. Creating Sustainable Solutions All environmental problems result from the fact that human systems such as energy production and agriculture are unsustainable. They are inefficient in their use of resources, and most of them rely heavily on finite supplies of fossil fuels whose combustion creates many problems.
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