Reducing environmental impacts

For thousands of years, humans have been influencing the environment. Earth's population means that these impacts are now more destructive than ever. Sustainable development needs to balance improving human living conditions while being sensitive to the needs of other species on the planet.

Did you know?

40% and 90% of the world's species live in tropical rain forests.

In Brazil an acre of rain forest is destroyed every nine seconds.

120 species of primates, our closest animal relatives, could become extinct in the next 10-20 years.

Ecuador has lost 70% of its coastal habitat.

In the last century, 170 species became extinct in the UK.

Between 10 and 20% of native species in the UK are considered 'threatened'.

Loss of habitat in the UK is due to agricultural activities, urban development and mining.

Chemical industry's sustainable contributions

BP turtle sanctuary, Malaysia.

Du Pont's wildlife habitats at Maydown

BP and the Scottish Forest Alliance

Pfizer nature reserve

Shell's Better Britain Campaign

Du Pont's wildlife management, Spain

Shuttle buses save traffic in Sandwich

Dow Corning's community awareness code

Eli Lilly work with the local community in Liverpool

Economic regeneration in Wales by BP