Conservation and the Environment

  • Jenny Wales
Part of the Economics Today book series (ET)


Ever since man ceased being hunters and gatherers and started farming we have used the environment we live in for our own benefit. As the country industrialised the pressure on the landscape increased. We dammed streams for water power, we left heaps of spoil from our mines and wondered what to do with radioactive waste. For a long time, industry was unregulated but as people became aware of the damage that was being done we started to pass laws in an attempt to control this deterioration of our towns, cities and countryside. In 1650, long before the Industrial Revolution, laws were passed which banned the use of coal fires in London. But laws about pollution are difficult to police and enforce and often the fines which are imposed on firms that break them are minimal.


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© Jenny Wales 1990

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