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.

Excessive land-use leading to heavy pressures on land resources are becoming a concern for environmentalists because of the wide-ranging and long-term ecosystem consequences they pose to our future generations.

Besides air and water pollution, deforestation, is also a consequence of excessive agricultural and urban development, which has significantly impacted the environment. Overdevelopment in this context may result in soil erosion, salinization, desertification as well as affect the land’s natural hydrological cycle and increase the chances of flooding or landslides.

We hope what brief insight provided in the text above will be able to give rise to more awareness on the environmental issues we face as a population. Looking ahead, a call for action is needed to ensure the future of our generations. We encourage youths to be more mindful of their environmental footprint.


  1. http://www.environmental-auditing.org/media/2937/2013_wgea_land-use_view.pdf
  2. https://urban.yale.edu/research/theme-4
  3. https://enviroliteracy.org/land-use/
  4. http://www.choicesmagazine.org/magazine/article.php?article=49

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