The Increasing Danger of Industrialization on the Environment

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The Increasing Danger of Industrialization on the Environment

The negative effect of industrialization on the environment has been known for years. The danger associated with lead, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and other toxic materials was discovered and several measures have been taken to stop the damage done to the environment by these agents. It will not be far fetched to blame industrialization as the main cause for the situation we humans find ourselves in today. The developed nations, being the main promoters, sponsors, and profiting bodies of industrialization, were the prominent victims. They were also the first ones to put a system in place in attempt to counteract the harm done to the environment. Government agencies such as
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The developed nations dominate the industrial world, as 74% of the world’s industrial output takes place in these nations (1). Today, second and third world counties are striving to get a bigger portion of the world’s total industrial output. Between 1990 and 1995, the rates of industrial growth in China, East Asia, and South Asia were 18.1%, 15%, and 6.4%, respectively, while this number for North America was only a little above 2.5% (2). The cities of such developing countries are going through a similar phenomena as the early European nations during their transition from a mainly rural, agrarian society to an urban one. “Widespread social and economic disruption, unemployment, homelessness, pollution, and increased exposure to health hazards both at work and at home” are evident in these nations (3). The rate at which these countries are going through their Industrial Revolution is also startling. For example, Thailand and Indonesia have been undergoing similar changes in a couple of decades that took the early Europeans 200 years to accomplish.

Furthermore, the nature of these industries tends to be more polluting than the industries in the developed nations. Developing countries specialize on the conversion of raw materials to industrial products such as steel, paper, and chemicals which have more pollutants