Discusses these points of environmental switch which would have direct or oblique results on human well-being. contains discussions on water pollutants, agricultural pollutants, genetic sickness and unique tropical ailments in addition to human food and inhabitants development.

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There’s a great deal of interest for a short period then it dies away. Public and political opinion rises in concern over a particular problem, the research increases, we learn more about the problem, but then people get bored with the problem, even though it still exists, and their interest shifts to a new topic. This happened with atmospheric acidity. There was a flurry of activity in the USA and in Europe that lasted for about 10-15 years. Now, it’s virtually impossible to get continued funding for research on atmospheric acidity.

The importance of water resources depends on the needs of the society. Interestingly, cultural developments have been stimulated in large river basins such as the Nile, EuphratedTigris, Ganges and the Yellow River. Lack of water may stop regional developments, as in the Sahel zone. Naturally, availability alone is only an indicator of whether abundance or scarcity is more likely. Not all water made available by Nature can be used, and the actual withdrawals depend upon the needs of people living upstream or downstream of a community.

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