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About this book
About this book
A comprehensive yet concise overview of the key issues of environmental significance addressed as part of the Eurostat "Environmental Pressure Indicators Project". The work is part of the "Towards Environmental Pressure Indicators for the EU" (TEPI) series that has resulted from the project. The book is divided into ten distinct chapters, each one concentrating on a particular environmental policy field, ranging from ozone layer depletion to waste and water pollution. The contributors, each experts in their chosen discipline, provide background information on the main environmental pressures faced by the EU, identify the practical actions necessary to reduce these pressures and reflect upon the process of selecting an imaginative list of pressure indicators. The indicators are intended to describe these pressures, in a highly aggregated form, in order to communicate environmental information clearly whilst retaining scientific soundness. The work extends discussion by considering the expected benefits of communicating trends in environmental pressures to policymakers and the wider public, and considering whether central political intervention is necessary to deal with problem pressures.
Air pollution: air pollution and acidification, P. Papagiannakopoulos; air quality indicators, B. Sivertsen; air pollution and acidification, D. Guinnup and C. Sansevero. Climate change: indexing climate change, J. Sweeney; climate change, J. Houghton; climate protection as the key to sustainable development, H. Grassl. Loss of biodiversity: biodiversity, P. Devillers; genetic diversity in agriculture, M. Lefort. Marine environment and coastal zones: coastal zone and marine area pressures, H. Coccossis; pressure indicators in coastal zones, M. Cardoso da Silva. Ozone layer depletion: ozone depletion - the problem and the policy implications, G. Visconti; the ozone depletion problem, I.S.A. Isaksen; ozone layer protection, M.L. Chanin. Resource depletion: resource depletion, O. Lone; natural resources, D. Pearce; resource depletion, J.-L. Weber. Dispersion of toxic substances: dispersion of toxic substances and environmental pressure, A. Renzoni; dissipation of toxics, H. Fiedler and O. Hutzinger. Urban environmental problems: urban problems in Europe on the eve of the 21st century, C. Fudge. Waste: how can environmental pressure indices be used to help societies monitor progress in achieving their Agenda 21 goals, D. Huisingh; proposals for the reduction of problems in connection with waste, K. Jordan and P. Gossele; guidelines for an environmentally compatible management of municipal solid waste, F. Cecchi and P. Pavan. Water pollution and water resources: water pollution and water resources, J. Davis and K. Lanz; water resources and water pollution, J. Maestu, J.M. Gasco et al. Appendices: lists of ranked pressure indicators; specialized institutes for each policy field; list of peers; project terminology - list of main acronyms, symbols and abbreviations used.