The Impact of People on Their Environment

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The Impact of People on Their Environment The impact of people on their environment can be devastating. This is where the respective role of governments can make decisions that shape environmental policy and responsibilities. These governments can be broken up into four different levels: local, state, federal and international. Air quality and biodiversity are two current issues that can be related to the role of governments. Global warming is also another implication that has a devastating effect on the environment. Current examples include the rise in sea levels, polar meltdowns, the melting of ice sheets and glaciers and human deaths due to disease from the effects of global warming. Firstly the environment can be defined as the natural features of our surroundings such as plant and animal life and their habitats, water, soils and the atmosphere. A local government named Rockdale Municipal Council has implemented certain actions to deal with the quality in that region. They have recognized that the main source of poor air quality originates from air pollution sources such as motor vehicles, industrial premises and aircraft emissions. The solutions to these problems include improvements to Ryde and Botany Bay cycle way, integration of land use and transport planning strategies, production of "Air Quality - the Facts" booklet for community, investigation of complaints regarding odors and dust, tree planting and preparation of a Local Air Quality Management Plan in 1999. Air quality is a major issue in most states within Australia that affects our greenhouse, to tackle the implications state governments have created policies and responsibilities. For instance Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) is a program that enables ma... ... middle of paper ... ...mber 3, 1998 Chemical Week, April 1, 1998 Encyclopedia of American Industries, 1998-2002 Websites Ameron International Corporation, http://ameron-intl.com Clean Washington Center, http://www.cwc.org Committee for the National Institute for the Environment, http://www.cnie.org Eco-cycle, http://www.ecocycle.org Low Cost Housing/Glass Reinforced Concrete www.jamesck.demon.co.uk National Aggregates Association www.nationalaggregates.org New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) www.nypirg.org Recyclers World www.recycle.net Steven Winters Associates, www.swinter.com Solid Waste Online www.solidwaste.com Waste and Wastewater International www.wwinternational.com Waste Management, Inc www.oncapecod.net Water Environment Federation www.wef.org Water Environment Research Foundation, www.werf.org Water Online www2.wateronline.com
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