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Sustainable Development

  • Yuwa Wei
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Abstract

Social and economic progresses become unsustainable, if they are based on irresponsible planning and practice, resulting in irreversible damage to ecosystems and exhaustion of raw materials, energy supplies and waste assimilation capacity of the environment. Such development deprives future generations of the rights to enjoy environmental benefits comparable to those possessed by the present generation, and may even give rise to the destitution of future generations. After decades of dynamic economic growth, China faces cumulative ecological and social problems. Due to the economic hyper-expansion and a lack of awareness of environmental protection in the past, the nation has to find ways to continue to develop under the new conditions – decreasing resources, greater social inequity, and climate uncertainty. This makes China’s problems more complex.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuwa Wei
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  1. 1.Freelance writerMelbourneAustralia

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