Essay on The Concept of Economic Growth & Development

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Development is one of the most important factors of human life and one of the abilities which distinguish humans from animals. Over time, humans have realized their power to gain whatever they want from the environment. However, it has not taken too long for people to understand that this trend can end up with a disaster. Over consumption of limited natural resources can cause environmental degradation in an environment that humans are depends on it for living. This essay will look into the concept of economic growth and the effects of economic growth on the environment. Then, by analyzing the current situation, this essay will attempt to answer the question "how and how much can humans reduce environmental degradation?”
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*Therefore, it is more accurate to not consider development just as economic growth. Also, consider the other aspects of the development such as social changes and technological development.
Is environmental degradation an inevitable consequence of economic growth?
Some specialists believe that inevitable consequence of economic growth is environmental degradation and humankind’s future will doom. Although this is a negative and unrealistic projection of future, economic growth can be harmful to the nature in many ways such as: global warming, effects of pollution growth, extinction of species and consuming natural resources. However, if other side of development (social and technological development) is considered, there are many ways to prevent environmental degradation.
Experience shows that technology can prevent or reduce many aspects of environmental degradation. For example replace toxic materials with eco-friendly biodegradable materials. The detergents which are used in industries and houses made foamy sewage and it pollute entire cities coast. On 1964 synthetic detergents that can be destroy by microorganism in the soil was founded. From then it was only a one year task to solve this problem for ever (Cubane, 1964).
Recycling is another method of using technology to prevent the environmental degradation. In Pacific Ocean there is an area with size of Texas which is covered by plastic wastes. Plastic is not a biodegradable
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