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Environmental impact of irrational and wasteful use of natural resources

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Abstract

The author defines irrational use of resources as actions that are not based on existing knowledge of resources and wasteful use as actions using more resources than necessary. The three basic environmental impacts of irrational and wasteful uses are encroachment, exhaustion, and distribution effects. Man's contamination of the planet, which increased with population growth and technological advances that enable him to divert resources, can be altered by improving information and setting better criteria for the use of resources. The demand for resources can be lowered if life styles, prices, and income distribution patterns are modified to make resources use less wasteful and living conditions more equitable. The author reviews the present means of managing resources through minimum safety and social standards and notes that this approach leads to ownership and control problems. He suggests that criteria should ensure that all costs and benefits of a project be considered and that the project should promise a net positive change for better resource use. Several questions are suggested for use in assessing the comprehensiveness and relevancy of criteria.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1978
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
ERA-04-010811; EPA-05-001120; EDB-79-025441
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environ. Int.; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 1:3; Other Information: Report of the Executive Director, United Nations environment programme, Nairobi, Kenya
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; RESOURCE CONSERVATION; STANDARDS; RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; BEHAVIOR; COMMERCE; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; DEMAND FACTORS; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; INFORMATION; RESOURCE DEPLETION; RISK ASSESSMENT; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; SOCIOLOGY; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; 290200* - Energy Planning & Policy- Economics & Sociology; 290300 - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety; 530000 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
6516258
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: ENVID
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 147-158
Announcement Date:
Jan 01, 1979

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Citation Formats

Tolba, M K. Environmental impact of irrational and wasteful use of natural resources. United Kingdom: N. p., 1978. Web.
Tolba, M K. Environmental impact of irrational and wasteful use of natural resources. United Kingdom.
Tolba, M K. 1978. "Environmental impact of irrational and wasteful use of natural resources." United Kingdom.
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title = {Environmental impact of irrational and wasteful use of natural resources}
author = {Tolba, M K}
abstractNote = {The author defines irrational use of resources as actions that are not based on existing knowledge of resources and wasteful use as actions using more resources than necessary. The three basic environmental impacts of irrational and wasteful uses are encroachment, exhaustion, and distribution effects. Man's contamination of the planet, which increased with population growth and technological advances that enable him to divert resources, can be altered by improving information and setting better criteria for the use of resources. The demand for resources can be lowered if life styles, prices, and income distribution patterns are modified to make resources use less wasteful and living conditions more equitable. The author reviews the present means of managing resources through minimum safety and social standards and notes that this approach leads to ownership and control problems. He suggests that criteria should ensure that all costs and benefits of a project be considered and that the project should promise a net positive change for better resource use. Several questions are suggested for use in assessing the comprehensiveness and relevancy of criteria.}
journal = {Environ. Int.; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {1:3}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1978}
month = {Jan}
}