L12 Sustainable Development

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    Is Development Sustainable? Environmental Challenges in Latin America
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    Sustainable Development: A brief  history 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm Concern for environment in developed countries Developing countries should try to develop 1987 Brundtland Report of the World Defined sustainable development as meeting the needs of the present without compromising ability of future generations to meet their needs.
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    Sustainable Development: A brief  history 1992 UN Conference on the Environment & Development in Rio de Janeiro A turning point Focus shifted to developing world & global problems – climate change, biodiversity, the world’s forests The Global Environment Facility set up to transfer resources 2002 UN Conference in Johannesburg – Earth Summit 2002 Awareness had been raised Little measureable progress
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    Shifting Concerns In the 1970s Running out of non-renewable resources Paul Ehrlich-Julian Simon wager in 1980 Belief in growth vs environment tradeoff At Rio the concern had shifted to Renewable resources – forests, fisheries Biodiversity, ecosystems, oceans Global warming / Climate Change Economic costs of environmental degradation Poverty as a problem for the environment
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    Now we worry more about growth in developing countries contributing to climate change. But there is also a recognition that the poor will bear the burden of climate change. Shifting Concerns
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    US Geological Survey Expected Problems from Climate Change Temperatures will continue to rise The sea-level has risen & will continue to. Melting of polar ice caps
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