Change: The buildup of greenhouse gases
in the atmosphere threatens to lead to global warming and the
accompanying rising sea levels, changed rainfall patterns, and increased
intensity of storms.
A carbon-constrained future will require a shift toward new modes of
power generation and sustainable energy or new technologies for cleanly
burning fossil fuels.
Water-quality issues and water shortages are threatening licenses to
operate and constraining business activities all around the globe.
Biodiversity and Land Use: Ecosystems play a critical role as
life support for both humans and nature. Unmanaged development
undermines this capacity through habitat destruction, loss of open
space, and species decline.
Toxins, and Heavy Metals: These contaminants create a risk of
cancer, reproductive harm, and others.
Pollution: Smog, particulates, and volatile organic compounds pose a
risk to public health, especially in the developing world where trends
are worsening. Indoor air pollution is now recognized as an added
Management: Many communities still struggle with the disposal of
their solid and toxic waste, especially in countries that are
industrializing and becoming more urban.
Layer Depletion: Depletion has been substantially reduced by phasing
out CFCs, but some substitutes continue to cause thinning of the Earth's
protective ozone shield.
Fisheries: Overfishing, pollution, and climate change have depleted
fish stocks and damaged marine ecosystems across the Seven Seas.
Deforestation: Unsustainable timber harvesting plagues many parts of
the world, leading to soil erosion, water pollution, increased risk of
flooding, and scarred landscapes.
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