208 pages, 12 line illus
With land space running out and increasingly stringent environmental legislation being passed, affluent nations have turned to poorer countries to handle some of their hazardous waste. Some developing countries have continued to accept waste shipments, while others have imposed bans but cannot enforce them effectively. This lack of regulation has led to a political backlash against international trade in wastes, culminating in a call by the United Nations for a global ban. This book discusses the need for a regulated and informed forum for international trade in hazardous waste. The authors argue that with careful planning, health and ecological risks can be minimized and net economic benefits realized fairly. The book examines the key parameters that should be considered by potential trading nations to ensure an optimally safe and mutually beneficial partnership. The authors provide comprehensive coverage of the political, environmental, industrial and economic issues involved in this complex and increasingly controversial practice. International Trade in Hazardous Waste makes compelling reading for those working in industries involved in transporting waste and policy-makers and agencies at both local and national levels. It will also be of interest to environmental scientists and consultants and those teaching and studying related academic disciplines.
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