Key Topics in Environmental Technology
Water by P. G. Debenedetti (Editor); M. A Ricci (Editor); F. Bruni (Editor)
Publication Date: 2015-05-18
Water: fascinating in all its phases, forms and states of aggregation. Without it, life as we know it would not exist on Earth, for as Paracelsus stated in the 16th century: "water is the matrix of the world and of all its creatures". While it may appear to be a simple molecule, there is still much about it which is not fully understood. What is notably lacking is a microscopically-based understanding of the reasons for the many anomalous properties of water.This book presents lectures from the Enrico Fermi summer school 'Water: fundamentals as the basis for understanding the environment and promoting technology' held in Varenna, Italy, in July 2013.
Water Insecurity by M. A. Abedin (Editor); Umma Habiba (Editor); Rajib Shaw (Editor)
Publication Date: 2013-12-14
It has been estimated that globally, 1.2 billion people live with acute shortage of water. Water scarcity, particularly in south and south-east Asian countries, is well known. However, the social dilemmas and insecurities related to water issues are often less discussed. In the case of south and south-east Asia, the distribution of available water amongst various casts and creeds has been determined through several social hierarchies. Hence, water forms a critical socio-political issue, with a multi-faced dimension. This book critically analyses the associated social issues of increasing water scarcity in countries such as India. It documents the social impacts and predicament of water scarcity. The book will be of prime interest to researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the fields of development and environment, as well as water planners.
Water Resource and the Aquatic Environment by J. M. C K. Jayawardana
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
One of the main challenges faced by humans today is finding a balance between economic development of respective countries and sustainable utilisation of Earths resources. With the increase in the human population, demand for water resources is increasing globally. One of the challenges for water conservation in the future is the sustainability of current and future water resource allocation. Finding a balance between what is needed by humans and what is needed in the environment is an important step in the sustainability of water resources. With this in mind, sustainable utilisation of water resources, and conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems on Earth is an essential step towards the sustainable management of global water resources. This book discusses the current status of water resources on Earth.
Water Resources in the Built Environment by Colin A. Booth (Editor); Susanne M. Charlesworth (Editor)
Publication Date: 2014-03-04
Water management is a key environmental issue in controlling of floods and reducing droughts. This book provides analysis of the main issues, offering solutions and describing good practice. Water Resources for the Built Environment: management issues and solutions develops an appreciation of the diverse, complex and current themes of the water resources debate across the built environment, urban development and management continuum.
Making Sustainability Work by Marc J. Epstein; Adriana Rejc Buhovac
Publication Date: 2014-03-10
Most companies today have some commitment to corporate social responsibility, but implementing these initiatives can be particularly challenging. While a lot has been written on ethical and strategic factors, there is still a dearth of information on the practical nuts and bolts. And whereas with most other organizational initiatives the sole objective is improved financial performance, sustainability broadens the focus to include social and environmental performance, which is much more difficult to measure. Now updated throughout with new examples and new research, this is a complete guide to implementing and measuring the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.
Metaphors for Environmental Sustainability by Brendon Larson
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
Scientists turn to metaphors to formulate and explain scientific concepts, but an ill-considered metaphor can lead to social misunderstandings and counterproductive policies, Brendon Larson observes in this stimulating book. He explores how metaphors can entangle scientific facts with social values and warns that, particularly in the environmental realm, incautious metaphors can reinforce prevailing values that are inconsistent with desirable sustainability outcomes.
Plastics and Environmental Sustainability by Anthony L. Andrady
Publication Date: 2015-02-11
This books surveys the issues typically raised in discussions of sustainability and plastics Discusses current issues not covered in detail previously such as ocean litter, migration of additives into food products and the recovery of plastics Covers post-consumer fate of plastics on land and in the oceans, highlighting the environmental impacts of disposal methods Details toxicity of plastics, particularly as it applies to human health Presents a clear analysis of the key plastic-related issues including numerous citations of the research base that supports and contradicts the popularly held notions.
Environmentalism by Elias Kahraman; Ahmed Baig
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
Environmentalism is a broad philosophy and social movement centered on a concern for the conservation and improvement of the environment. This book puts forward some key strategies for promoting Cleaner Production in China, for instance, integrating CP into sustainability strategies, technology innovations and industrial ecology. Furthermore, the authors examine the Energy Masting Planning, a comprehensive plan that addresses energy supply and consumption through 2020. The plan includes energy efficiency, renewable energy and infrastructure and land use policies and emphasises both the benefits and the limits of the approach.
Bioenergy Systems, Biological Sources and Environmental Impact by Michel C. Allard
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
In this book, the authors present current research in the study of bioenergy systems and their biological sources and environmental impact. Topics discussed include the assessment of sustainability of bioenergy systems; soil loss as a forgotten aspect of biofuel production; effective biocatalysts for lignocellulosic biofuel by a proteomics study of fungal secretome; enhancing the interface between agricultural production, and tree biomass/bioenergy systems to improve farm-scale productivity in Western Australia.
Environmental Management by Henry C. Dupont
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
Environmental management systems are designed to improve environmental performance, which can reduce costs by lowering compliance costs, reducing waste, and improving efficiency and productivity. In this book, the authors present current research from across the globe in the study of the sustainability and current issues of environmental management systems. Topics discussed include an assessment of wildfire-related losses; the European Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) regulation.
Modelling of Pollutants in Complex Environmental Systems by Hanrahan, Grady
Publication Date: 2010
This book showcases modern computational approaches to environmental modelling in a vast array of application areas. It includes chapters from an extensive list of global experts actively engaged in adaptive modelling, simulation and decision-support activities in numerous complex environmental systems.
A Systems Approach to Environmental Management by Mohammed Saif Al-Kalbani; Tim O'Higgins
Publication Date: 2015-04-09
Human activities increasingly dominate the global environment. Effective environmental management, to use, conserve and maintain natural capital is a major challenge worldwide. Managing the environment involves juggling a complex set of ecological economic and social objectives and priorities which differ nationally locally and regionally. Internationally there is a shift away from management on a sectoral basis toward a more holistic "Ecosystem Approach". Tim O'Higgins defines and describes a systems approach to environmental management. He explains a framework for analysis of environmental problems as social/ecological systems using fascinating examples from around the globe.
Water Supply Systems, Distribution and Environmental Effects by Shane Quinn; Vaughn O'Neill
Publication Date: 2012-08-01
This book presents current research in the study of water supply systems and their distribution and environmental effects. Topics discussed in this compilation include water resources and technologies in Sudan and Costa Rica; adapting water supply systems in a changing climate; pollutants in groundwater supply systems in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as water supply for agricultural, environmental and urban uses in California's borderlands.
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