If we look at the developing and developed countries across the world, we can see that energy consumption is the major driver of economic growth. However, to achieve this economic growth, continuous consumption of fossil fuel is needed to take place for generation of energy, which is in turn causing environmental degradation, in terms of air pollution, water pollution, and deforestation. Ambient air pollution is increasing in industrial and residential areas due to concentration of greenhouse gases. Sedimentation of industrial wastes is in turn causing water contamination, by fecal coliform formations. Rise in international trade has increased the level of shipping, which in turn is destroying the coral reefs, so as done by the natural oil exploration projects by private parties. Rapid industrialization and need for more agricultural fields, numbers of forests are being destroyed, which in turn is causing the soil erosion and loss of biodiversity. Overall impacts of this fossil fuel based economic growth can be seen in term of climatic shift, which is causing the rise in surface temperature, increase in the level of ocean, and changes in the patterns of downpour. To know more about the effects of economic growth on environment, kindly browse through the pages of learningwithkevin.com.
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