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The goal of the book is to discuss environmental policy and present northern and southern technologies and scientific methods that address specific environmental problems affecting humanity in general, but more specifically, people and ecosystems in developing countries.
The book contains selected, refereed papers submitted to or presented at the First International Conference on Environmental Research, Technology and Policy held in Accra, Ghana, July 17-19, 2007.The primary goal of the conference was to provide a forum for policy makers, scientists, practitioners, and civil society advocates to discuss grass-root environmental issues, assess efforts by government machinery and identify what communities and corporate entities can do as a social responsibility to mainstream environmental protection for sustainable development.
It is acknowledged that environmental research, technology applications and policy implementation have been demonstrated to improve environmental sustainability and protection in several developed economies. The book argues that similar gains can be achieved in developing countries and countries in transition.
IntroductionAcknowledgements Preface Section 1: Environmental Health Management.- 1 A Comparative Case Study of Detection of Radiation in Vegetable Leaves in a Coastal Oil Producing and Hinterland Non-Oil Producing Regions in Akwa Ibom State.- 2 Influence of Human Activities and Land Use on Heavy Metal Concentrations in Irrigated Vegetables in Ghana and Their Health Implications.- 3 An Economical Solution for the Environmental Problem Resulting From The Disposal of Rice Straw.- 4 Reversing Africa's Deforestation for Sustainable Development.- 5 Life Cycle Assessment of Chocolate Produced in Ghana5.- 6 Sustainable Production of Traditional Medicines in Africa.- 7 Microbial Risk Assessment: Application and Stages to Evaluate Water Quality.- 8 Benefits and Dangers of Nanotechnology: Health and Terrorism .- Section 2: Sustainable Energy and Fuel.- 9 Environment Friendly Biodiesel from Jatropha Curcas: Possibilities and Challenges.- 10 Thermal Utilization of Solid Recovered Fuels in Pulverized Coal Power Plants and Industrial Furnaces as Part of an Integrated Waste Management Concept.- 11 Biogas Production From Organic Waste IN Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria .- 12 West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) Project: Associated Problems and Possible Remedies.- Section 3 Water Treatment, Purification and Protection.- 13 Activated Carbon for Water Treatment in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects .- 14 A Biotechnological Process for Neutralizing Alkaline Industrial Waste Water.- 15 Impact of Feedwater Salinity on Energy Requirements of a Small-Scale Membrane Filtration System.- 16 Modern Technology for Wastewater Treatment & Its Application in Africa.- 17 Ultrafiltration to Supply Drinking Water in International Development: A Review of Opportunities.- 18 An Innovative Management Practice of Converting Mined Out Pits Into Water Harvesting Structures.- 19 Groundwater Pollution in Shallow Wells in Southern Malawi and a Potential Indigenous Method of Water Purification.- 20 Photoelectrocatalytic Removal of Color From Water Using TiO2 and TiO2/Cu2O Thin Film Electrodes Under Low Light Intensity.- Section 4: Mining and Environment.- 21 Management of Acid Mine Drainage at Tarkwa, GhanaA Multi-Disciplinary Approach to .- 22 Reclamation Research in the Oil Sands Region of Canada.- 23 Intelligent Machine Monitoring And Sensing For Safe Surface Mining Operations.- 24 Neutralization Potential of Reclaimed Limestone Residual (RLR).- 25 Quantification of the Impact of Irrigating with Coalmine Waters on the Underlying Aquifers.- 26 Application of Coal Fly Ash to Replace Lime in The Management of Reactive Mine Tailings.- Section 5: Soil Stabilization.- 27 Consolidation and Strength Characteristics of Biofilm Amended Barrier Soils.- 28 Bagasse Ash Stabilization of Lateritic Soil .- 29 Strength and Leaching Patterns of Heavy Metals From Ash-Amended Flowable Fill Monoliths.- Section 6: Environmental Monitoring.- 30 Geoelectrical Resistivity Imaging in Environmental Studies Nitrogen Management for Maximum .- 31 Potato Yield, Tuber Quality, and Environmental Conservation.- 32 In vitro Analysis of Enhanced Phenanthrene Emulsification and Biodegradation Using Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus.- 33 Digital Elevation Models and Gis for Watershed Modelling and Flood Prediction -- A Case Study of Accra Ghana.- 34 Trace Metal Pollution Study on Cassava Flour's Roadside Drying Technique in Nigeria.- 35 Impact of Industrial Activities on the Physico-Chemistry and Mycoflora of the New Calabar River in Nigeria.- 36 Plants as Environmental Biosensors: Non-Invasive Monitoring Techniques.- Index