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Environmental Degradation, Sustainable Development and Human Well-being: Evidence from India

Vol 1, Issue 1, January - June 2014 | Pages: 101-120 | Research Paper  

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1. Barun Kumar Thakur, Research Fellow, NITIE Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (
2. * Himanshu Sekhar Rout , Reader, Department of Economics, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India (
3. Tamali Chakraborty, Research Scholar, IIT Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Environmental problems are multidisciplinary in nature. Some problems are global and regional while some are local. This paper is an attempt to study the local environmental problems in India and establish their linkage with environmental degradation and human well-being. It also lists India's major environmental problems and suggests changes in policies for sustainable development in India. The paper particularly focuses on water and water contamination related water-borne diseases which affect human well-being and other health aspects. Due to such hindrances, India is finding it hard to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of environmental sustainability.


Environmental degradation, Human well-being, Environmental sustainability, Sustainable Development

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