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A recent analysis on domestic relations and resource use in the United States and 11 other countries showed that divorce could have a detrimental impact on the environment.
The data shows that since divorce leads to more households being developed, more land is being built on and more materials are being used.
Increase in Households Worldwide
In 2000 alone, there were reportedly 6 million additional households because of the increased rate of divorce.
Divorce residents reportedly consume more electricity and water and contribute more to the emission of greenhouse gases than those who are married.
“Even those people who care dearly about the environment are not aware of the environmental impacts of divorce,” explains researcher Jianguo Liu.
Environment Not Considered in Divorce
Most couples going through divorce often don't consider the environmental impact the separation may have since they are worried about getting their family established and solving financial problems.
Orly Zeewy, a consultant from Pennsylvania says that when she and her husband separated, how the earth would be affected was the least of her worries.
“It's such a heavy-duty issue. When it happens, you don't think about the environment at all,” says Zeewy. “You're basically setting up two households for the kids, so that they feel at home.”
Households Expected to Continue to Increase
A study that was published in the journal Nature, found that between 1985 and 2000 households increased by 3.1 percent while the population only grew by 1.8 percent.
Over the next 15 years, researchers believe that this divergence will only widen.
(Source: Dallas News)
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