Due to the complex interdependencies in ecosystems

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Unformatted text preview: by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation 7.8 Proportion of population using an improved drinking water source 7.9 Proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility Target 7.D: By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers 7.10 Proportion of urban population living in slums Much of the environmental damage incurred by humans is unexpected. Due to the complex interdependencies in ecosystems, any human-driven environmental changes will likely have unintended consequences, as argued by Chris Bright in his article “Anticipating Environmental Surprise” (Bright 2000). For example, in southern Honduras, the removal of soil-anchoring vegetation for agricultural purposes diminished soil absorbency and resulted in both desertification (a negative effect) and the reduction of malariabearing mosquito populations (which initially seemed like a positive effect). Over time, the...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2014 for the course SUST 510 taught by Professor Marker during the Fall '14 term at Black Hills State University.

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