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Development is one of the most important factors of human life and one of the abilities which distinguish humans from animals. Over time, humans have realized their power to gain whatever they want from the environment. However, it has not taken too long for people to understand that this trend can end up with a disaster. Over consumption of limited natural resources can cause environmental degradation in an environment that humans are depends on it for living. This essay will look into the concept of economic growth and the effects of economic growth on the environment. Then, by analyzing the current situation, this essay will attempt to answer the question “how and how much can humans reduce environmental degradation?”
The concept of economic growth & development
Economists evaluate development as “economic growth” and measuring it by calculating the gross domestic product (GDP) to find and compare the level of economic activity in different countries usually in dollar. There are many ways to calculate the GDP. However, according to Redmond (2006) GDP is “the total value of goods…
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