Environmental challenges in Asia

Authored by: Debashis Chakraborty , Sacchidananda Mukherjee

Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Development in Asia

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138182189
eBook ISBN: 9781351008204
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351008204-4

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Abstract

Debashis Chakraborty and Sacchidananda Mukherjee discuss, in the following chapter, “Environmental challenges in Asia,” that Asia contains great biological and environmental diversity, resulting in a diversity of challenges facing Asian countries. However, Asian nations have in common dense population pressures and lower levels of development, which means that environmental objectives are often not a top priority. Asian nations have exploited natural resources, used greater amounts of power, and converted forests and wetlands to achieve growth targets. This chapter seeks to analyze environmental challenges in Asia and their economic drivers that often result in unsustainable development.

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