This chapter begins with a survey of the major environmental problems that affect humanity in general, and the United Kingdom in particular. Dealing with these problems, in particular establishing to what degree industry should contribute to solutions, is complicated by the fact that environmental issues are to a large extent socially constructed. There is, for example, no normative starting point for marking a measure as an environmental improvement. For lack of an absolute standard, attention has focused on the concept of sustainability. No commonly accepted definition of sustainability exists either, yet the concept has become a widely applied approach for dealing with environmental issues.
KeywordsCombustion Obesity Methane Dioxide Carbide
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