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Environment and Climate Change in Asia: Ecological Footprints and Green Prospects by Victor R. Savage

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Chapter Two. Understanding Sustainable Development and the Challenges Faced by Developing Countries

Asanga GUNAWANSASchool of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore

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“Thus, true sustainability lies in the ability of governments to pursue sustainable development (SD) in all three areas of environment, society and the economy, by striking an appropriate balance in their sometimes competing interests. For example, a common response for stricter environmental regulation is that it often inhibits growth. Thus, developing countries in particular, may have a tendency to prefer economic growth over environmental regulation. However, the ...

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