Making Penang More Resilient to Disasters


WHAT IS “SUSTAINABLE GROWTH”? The Brundtland Report, known also as Our Common Future, was presented to the UN in 1987 and expounds sustainable development as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland, 1987). Sustainable development is targeted at finding pragmatic strategies to promote economic and social development in ways that avoid environmental degradation, over-exploitation and pollution. Failing to do so, society runs the risk of man-made disasters like London’s Great Smog of 1952 and Ukraine’s 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The changing climate, alongside the growing frequency and intensity of global disasters, ...

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