chapter  15
The global perspective
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Environmental sustainability is a global issue: pollution does not respect national boundaries. The industrial system that creates it, and makes use of environmental resources, is increasingly organised on an international scale. This chapter explores the way in which industrial development patterns have influenced energy use around the world since the industrial revolution. It argues that new patterns of technological and industrial development may be needed in both the developed and the developing countries if the environmental limits that face the existing industrial system are to be overcome.