Topics: Sustainability, Air pollution, Sustainable development Pages: 2 (361 words) Published: March 6, 2013
Sustainability in general is defined in the Brundtland Report as: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need”. It brings together a number of global problems—pollution and intoxication of the space in which we live; poverty and starvation; climate change; depletion of mineral and organic resources; ecological devastation; and global inequity. Technical sustainability: it uses less energy, fewer limited resources, do not deplete natural resources, do not directly or indirectly pollute the environment, and can be reused or recycled at the end of their useful life. The hardware and software are considered sustainable when they run normally, fixed from errors, improved and maintained. Environmental sustainability: Every day, the advertising industry tries to persuade us to buy ‘sustainable’ products. Sustainability appears to sell. Sustainable product claims are often based on a single feature of the product, disregarding other possible articulations—being energy-efficient or recyclable, for instance. With that simplification, global tourism becomes sustainable if the tourist pays for CO2 compensation. The human impacts on the environment include the air pollution in cities, the pollutants including toxic chemicals like nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, volatile organic compounds and airborne particulate matter that produce photochemical smog and acid rain, and the chlorofluorocarbons that degrade the ozone layer. Economic sustainability: is the ability to support a defined level of economic production indefinitely. Economic growth is only sustainable if it simultaneously improves our quality of life and the environment. The challenge for sustainability is to curb and manage consumption while raising the standard of living of the developing world without increasing its resource use and environmental impact. The challenge for sustainability is to curb and...
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