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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.
SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENTIntroductionGeoenvironment, Ecosystems, and ResourcesGeoenvironment as a Natural Resource BaseWEHAB and the GeoenvironmentSustainabilityConcluding RemarksReferencesCONTAMINATION AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL LAND MANAGEMENTIntroductionContamination and Geoenvironmental ImpactsWastes, Pollutants, and ThreatsSurface and Subsurface SoilsPollutant Transport and Land ContaminationGeoenvironmental Land ManagementConcluding RemarksReferencesSUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENTIntroductionUses of Water and Its ImportanceCharacterization of Water Quality, Management, and MonitoringSustainable Water Treatment and ManagementConcluding RemarksReferencesURBANIZATION AND THE GEOENVIRONMENTIntroductionLand Uses by UrbanizationImpact of Urbanization on WEHABImpact Avoidance and Risk MinimizationMitigation and Remediation of ImpactsConcluding RemarksReferencesNATURAL RESOURCES EXTRACTION AND LAND USE IMPACTSIntroductionSulfide Minerals and Acid Mine DrainageResource Extraction and Land UseSustainable Land UseRemediation and Treatment of Mining Sites and WastesConcluding RemarksReferencesFOOD PRODUCTION AND THE GEOENVIRONMENTIntroductionLand Use for Food ProductionImpact of Food Production on WEHABTools for Evaluating Sustainability in AgricultureChanges in Agricultural Practices to Reduce ImpactConcluding RemarksReferencesINDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND THE GEOENVIRONMENTConcept of Industrial EcologyIndustry Activities and Geoenvironmental InteractionsMineral Mining and Processing Downstream IndustriesAgro-Processing IndustriesPetrochemical and Chemical IndustriesService IndustriesContaminating Discharges and WastesConcluding RemarksReferencesCOASTAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT SUSTAINABILITYIntroductionCoastal Marine Environment and ImpactsLondon Convention and ProtocolQuality of Marine SedimentsRehabilitation of Coastal Marine EnvironmentCreation of a Natural Purification SystemSea Disposal of WasteCoastal ErosionConcluding RemarksReferencesCONTAMINANTS AND TERRESTRIAL ENVIRONMENT SUSTAINABILITYINDICATORSIntroductionIndicatorsAssessment of Interaction ImpactsPollutant Transport and FateSurface Complexation and PartitioningPersistence and FatePrediction of Transport and Fate of PollutantsConcluding RemarksReferencesPOLLUTANT IMPACT MITIGATION AND MANAGEMENTIntroductionSoils for Pollution Mitigation and ControlNatural Attenuation Capability of SoilsNatural Attenuation and Impact ManagementLines of EvidenceEvidence of SuccessEngineered Mitigation Control SystemsConcluding RemarksReferencesTOWARD GEOENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITYIntroductionExploitation and State of Renewable Natural ResourcesWater and Soil Quality Ind