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Geoenvironmental Sustainability

By Raymond N. Yong, Catherine N. Mulligan, Masaharu Fukue

CRC Press – 2006 – 387 pages

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    978-0-8493-2841-1
    July 27th 2006

Description

Industrialization, urbanization, agriculture, and resource exploitation are activities associated with a developing society. Geoenvironmental Sustainability focuses on such a society's geoenvironment and the natural capital that defines it. The book explains these elements in systematic detail, particularly with respect to their relationship to five thematic areas known as WEHAB: water and sanitation, energy, health, agriculture, and biodiversity - all factors identified as key areas of concern by the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

This significant reference addresses topics that include land environment sustainability pertaining to its interaction with the impacts generated by industrial and urbanization activities - in particular with various waste discharges; the magnitude of the problem of urbanization and industries; nonrenewable natural resources, typical case histories, and examples of sustainability actions; and the geoenvironmental perspective of the present status of where we are in the geoenvironmental sustainability framework, with a view that points toward where we need to go.

Providing a geoenvironmental perspective on the sustainability of the environment, Geoenvironmental Sustainability is an essential resource for those who are poised to meet the challenge of mitigating manmade threats associated with development.

Contents

SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Introduction

Geoenvironment, Ecosystems, and Resources

Geoenvironment as a Natural Resource Base

WEHAB and the Geoenvironment

Sustainability

Concluding Remarks

References

CONTAMINATION AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL LAND MANAGEMENT

Introduction

Contamination and Geoenvironmental Impacts

Wastes, Pollutants, and Threats

Surface and Subsurface Soils

Pollutant Transport and Land Contamination

Geoenvironmental Land Management

Concluding Remarks

References

SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

Introduction

Uses of Water and Its Importance

Characterization of Water Quality, Management, and Monitoring

Sustainable Water Treatment and Management

Concluding Remarks

References

URBANIZATION AND THE GEOENVIRONMENT

Introduction

Land Uses by Urbanization

Impact of Urbanization on WEHAB

Impact Avoidance and Risk Minimization

Mitigation and Remediation of Impacts

Concluding Remarks

References

NATURAL RESOURCES EXTRACTION AND LAND USE IMPACTS

Introduction

Sulfide Minerals and Acid Mine Drainage

Resource Extraction and Land Use

Sustainable Land Use

Remediation and Treatment of Mining Sites and Wastes

Concluding Remarks

References

FOOD PRODUCTION AND THE GEOENVIRONMENT

Introduction

Land Use for Food Production

Impact of Food Production on WEHAB

Tools for Evaluating Sustainability in Agriculture

Changes in Agricultural Practices to Reduce Impact

Concluding Remarks

References

INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND THE GEOENVIRONMENT

Concept of Industrial Ecology

Industry Activities and Geoenvironmental Interactions

Mineral Mining and Processing Downstream Industries

Agro-Processing Industries

Petrochemical and Chemical Industries

Service Industries

Contaminating Discharges and Wastes

Concluding Remarks

References

COASTAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT SUSTAINABILITY

Introduction

Coastal Marine Environment and Impacts

London Convention and Protocol

Quality of Marine Sediments

Rehabilitation of Coastal Marine Environment

Creation of a Natural Purification System

Sea Disposal of Waste

Coastal Erosion

Concluding Remarks

References

CONTAMINANTS AND TERRESTRIAL ENVIRONMENT SUSTAINABILITY

INDICATORS

Introduction

Indicators

Assessment of Interaction Impacts

Pollutant Transport and Fate

Surface Complexation and Partitioning

Persistence and Fate

Prediction of Transport and Fate of Pollutants

Concluding Remarks

References

POLLUTANT IMPACT MITIGATION AND MANAGEMENT

Introduction

Soils for Pollution Mitigation and Control

Natural Attenuation Capability of Soils

Natural Attenuation and Impact Management

Lines of Evidence

Evidence of Success

Engineered Mitigation Control Systems

Concluding Remarks

References

TOWARD GEOENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Introduction

Exploitation and State of Renewable Natural Resources

Water and Soil Quality Indicators

Sustainability Attempts

Concluding Remarks: Toward Geoenvironmental Sustainability

References

INDEX

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Description: By Raymond N. Yong, Catherine N. Mulligan, Masaharu Fukue. Industrialization, urbanization, agriculture, and resource exploitation are activities associated with a developing society. Geoenvironmental Sustainability focuses on such a society's geoenvironment and the natural capital that defines it. The...
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