3 ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2018: LAND USE & OVERDEVELOPMENT


Photo source (clockwise from top left): U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [here]; Diego Henao [here]; Justin Hoffman, National Geographic [here]; Andrew McConnell, Panos [here].

Land use is defined as the various ways in which human beings make use of and manage the land and its resources. In today’s time and age, such meaning of land use more commonly refers to various types of agricultural or commercial developments as well as building of urban infrastructures such as housing estates and dams. Patterns of this basic element of human activity have transformed over time and increased in scale to meet the demands of Earth’s growing population.
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Climate Change Catastrophe?

In July 2017, the perfectly preserved bodies of a Swiss couple that went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found as global warming forces glacier ice to retreat. Bernhard Tschannen, the CEO of the Swiss ski company whose employees were the first to discover the bodies said, “every year we lose a meter or half a meter of ice…eighty years ago this glacier was much bigger than it is now.” While ice surrounding the scenic landscape of the alps are indeed melting, the rate at which it is happening remains a cause for contention.
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