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Population and environmental challenges in Asia

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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): East-West Center

Author(s): Vinod K. Mishra

Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 63

Topic: Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)
Environment (Environmental policy)
Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Asia


Population growth and economic development contribute to many environmental problems in Asia. These include pressure on land, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and water pollution, air pollution, and global warming and climate change. Projections of future resource requirements and environmental stress are worrying, whether the focus is on population numbers alone or on the effects of poorly planned economic development and changing consumption patterns.