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Economic development and environmental issues in China are attracting more and more attention internationally as the country's large population and vast demands for food, energy, water, minerals, and other resources play an increasingly important role in deciding the fate of the world. There is great interest in learning more about environmental issues in China, but it is not easy to obtain accurate, relevant information because the issues are diverse and are complex phenomena resulting from the interconnections among natural resource constraints and political, social, and institutional systems. This book originally was published in Japanese with the aim of providing Japanese readers with a holistic picture of what was taking place in China with respect to its air, water, energy, and land. The author then prepared an English edition of the same material to use as a book of readings for the Global Environmental Leaders Program at Nagoya University, where he taught many students from Asia and Europe. The book covers the most important environmental issues in China-climatic change, water, air, energy, and resources-together with ongoing policy responses, based on the author's active involvement in a number of study projects and international cooperation projects in that country. This volume will help readers to understand the causes and results of environmental problems in China and will encourage them to think more deeply about the environmental implications of the country's rapid economic growth.
A ubiquitous, largely overlooked groundwater contaminant, 1,4-dioxane escaped notice by almost everyone until the late 1990s. While some dismissed 1,4-dioxane because it was not regulated, others were concerned and required testing and remediation at sites they oversaw. Drawing years of 1,4-dioxane research into a convenient resource, Environmental Investigation and Remediation: 1,4-Dioxane and other Solvent Stabilizers profiles the nature of 1,4-dioxane and several dozen other solvent stabilizer compounds.
The author takes an approach he calls "contaminant archeology", i.e., reviewing the history of the contaminating chemical's use in the industrial workplace at the site of release and how those uses impart chemical characteristics to the waste that affects its fate and transport properties. The book examines the uses, environmental fate, laboratory analysis, toxicology, risk assessment, and treatment of 1,4-dioxane in extensive detail. It provides case studies that document the contaminant migration, regulation, treatment, and legal aspects of 1,4-dioxane releases. It also describes the controversy over interpretation of 1,4-dioxane's toxicology and associated risk, as well as the corresponding disparity in states' regulation of 1,4-dioxane. A final chapter examines the policy implications of emerging contaminants like 1,4-dioxane, with discussion of opportunities to improve the regulatory and remedial response to this persistent contaminant in the face of toxicological uncertainty.
Mobility, persistence, and treatment challenges combine to make 1,4-dioxane a particularly vexing contaminant. It is more mobile than any other contaminant you are likely to find at solvent release sites. Filled with case studies, equations, tables, figures, and citations, the book supplies a wide range of information on 1,4-dioxane. It then provides passive and active remediation strategies and treatment technologies for 1,4-dioxane in groundwater and provides you with the technical resources to help you decide which are appropriate for your site.
For more information about Thomase Mohr and his book, go to http://www.The14DioxaneBook.com
"Middle East Business Environment is a comprehensive reference for academics, global executives, and policymakers interested in the region. The book provides clear insight into the business environment as viewed from the perspectives of multiple disciplines. The opening chapter discusses factors that affect the business environment in the Middle East. Subsequent chapters explore the main elements of Middle Eastern culture including religion, values, and attitudes, and consider how these affect business practices. They investigate how Middle Eastern countries are faring in their economic development efforts. They examine global trade regimes, the emerging field of global e-commerce, and challenges that may impede regional integration. They learn about Islamic finance and how it functions, and they look at marketing challenges facing Middle Eastern nations. Middle East Business Environment helps students identify multiple forces that come into play in the environment where businesses operate in the region. The book can be used in courses in international business, international economics, and Middle Eastern studies. Mamoun Benmamoun earned his M.B.A. in international business and finance and his Ph.D. in public policy analysis and administration at Saint Louis University, where he is now an assistant professor of international busines. Morris A. Kalliny earned his M.B.A. at Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in international business and marketing at the University of Texas-Pan-American. He is an assistant professor of marketing at Saint Louis University. Hadi Alhorr earned his M.B.A. in international finance and his Ph.D. in strategy and international management at Texas Tech University. He is now an associate professor of international business at Saint Louis University."
Sleepless nights, loss of appetite, broken relationships, and emotions going crazy with anger, bitterness, and anxiety: all are symptoms of times of conflict. Unfortunately, churches and Christians are not immune. How are we supposed to respond to others when we are in conflict? What kind of guidance can the Bible give us? Does gospel-grounded truth address tension in our relationships? What practical steps should we take if we're experiencing relationship difficulty? These are some of the questions this mini-book will answer.
Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development explores the linkages between the objectives of liberalised international trade, protection of the environment and sustainable development. It is an anthology of essays by leading experts, key government officials and political leaders from the South Asian region, supported by officials of the OECD, UNCTAD and non-governmental organisations. Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development outlines the concerns of the developing nations of the South Asian region about the impacts on their trade and development from the environmental policies of the North. A range of country case and sector studies are presented, along with analysis of key regional issues.
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