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Foundations of Environmental SustainabilityThe Coevolution of Science and Policy$
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Larry Rockwood, Ronald Stewart, and Thomas Dietz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.001.0001

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The Global Challenge of Sustainable Development

The Global Challenge of Sustainable Development

Chapter:
(p.257) 16 The Global Challenge of Sustainable Development
Source:
Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
Author(s):

Mohamed T. El-Ashry

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.003.0017

This chapter argues that the world's poor are the ones harmed the most by environmental degradation. This holds true because the poor are more directly dependent on local natural resources and are unable to afford a buffer from direct environmental harm. Several reasons why sustainable development has been such an elusive goal are discussed.

Keywords:   environmental degradation, poor, sustainability, local natural resources

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