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Impact of Development on the Environment, Health and Safety

As the human population grows there is an ever-greater need for more and more resources such as space and building materials. As a result of this development there will be an increasing impact upon the environment in terms of the destruction of animal habitats and the deforestation of jungles, rainforests and wooded areas.

It has long been known that this current situation is not sustainable in the not-so-long-run. Not only will the lack of space become an ever-growing problem, but already the cutting down of trees coupled with the exponential increase of toxic emissions from factories, vehicles and power stations has been identified as the culprit for damage to the earth's protective ozone layer and climate change through increased global warming.

Damage and destruction to the environment do not just affect the wellbeing of trees, plants and animals though. The health and safety of people is at risk from the effects of environmental influences. More severe weather brought about by changes to the planet's climate puts lives at risk as the extreme hot or cold temperatures, or the increasing violence of storms and hurricanes results in a greater danger.

To combat this unsustainable expansion, a number of steps need to be taken. First, the invention and widespread adoption of new "greener" technologies which are either less pollutant or do no damage to the environment will reduce harmful emissions into the air, which will not only limit possible climate change but also improve the health of those with respiratory conditions such as bronchitis or asthma. Increasing the levels of recycling will place less of a strain on the planet's limited supply of natural resources which need to be consumed to manufacture a brand new product. Perhaps the biggest benefit for the planet in terms of reducing numbers will be with the development of technology to colonize other planets, which will greatly free up room if many people "moved out" from Earth. However, technology is still someway off that dream, and so until then businesses and individuals have to do their best to avoid damaging the planet beyond repair.

Related Course

Please see below for more information on the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate:

NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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