As I write this Introduction, President George W. Bush is on his first visit to Europe
since taking office. A few days ago, speaking to European heads of state in
Gothenburg, he explained why he was refusing to ratify the Kyoto agreement on
climate change. People gathered on the streets of the city to protest against his
policies on the environment, and against capitalism’s relentless drive for economic
growth against the wider interests of humanity and the natural world. Meanwhile,
Scientists predict the earth is facing 40-to-60 years of climate change, even if emissions of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases stopped today. One inevitable consequence of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere will be an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disaster events. Global Warming, Natural Hazards, and Emergency Management documents the imperative need for communities to prepare for the coming effects of climate change and provides a series of in-depth, road-tested recommendations on how to reduce risks for communities and businesses.
Wetland ecosystems are a natural resource of global significance.Historically,
their high level of plant and animal (especially bird) diversity is perhaps the
major reason why wetland protection has become a high priority worldwide,
supported by international agreements, such as the Ramsar Convention and
the International Convention of Biological Diversity (Fig. 1.1).
An outstanding feature of the lower Mekong region is the dynamic energy of
its natural systems and how intimately tied most of the population is to that
seasonal force. Productivity in agriculture and fisheries, for example,
depends on annual floodplain inundation and nutrient dispersal. The
immense scale and impact of this natural cycle is well illustrated in the
annual flooding of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia and the Mekong River Delta
which it shares with Vietnam.
Armor materials are remarkable: Able to stop multiple
hits and save lives, they are essential to our military capability
in the current conflicts. But as threats have increased,
armor systems have become heavier, creating a huge burden
for the warfighter and even for combat vehicles.
Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, landslides and volcanic
eruptions—and the devastation they inflict—are all too
familiar to the countries of Latin America and the
Caribbean. In the last decade, natural disasters have caused more
than 45,000 deaths in the region, left 40 million injured or in need
of assistance, and carried a price tag—in direct damage alone—of
more than US$20 billion.1
The health sector has proven particularly vulnerable to such havoc.
Protected areas remain the fundamental building blocks of virtually
all national and international conservation strategies, supported by
governments and international institutions such as the Convention
on Biological Diversity.
Coastal Louisiana's built and natural environment faces risks from catastrophic tropical storms. Concurrently, the region is experiencing a dramatic conversion of coastal land and associated habitats to open water and a loss of important services provided by such ecosystems. Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) engaged in a detailed modeling, simulation, and analysis exercise, the results of which informed Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.
Firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel play a
critical role in protecting people and property in the event of fires, natural disasters,
medical emergencies, and actions by terrorists and other criminals. This
report presents an overview of occupational hazards and personal protection
needs as viewed by emergency responders in the United States.
The undisputed favorite application for natural language interfaces has been data base query. Why? The reasons range from the relative simplicity of the task, including shallow semantic processing, to the potential real-world utility of the resultant system. Because of such reasons, the data base query task was an excellent paradigmatic problem for computational linguistics, and for the very same reasons it is now time for the field to abandon its protective cocoon and progress beyond this rather limiting task. ...
The role of chitosan in protection of soybean from sudden death syndrome caused by Fusarium solani f. sp. glycines has many contents: introduction, methods, fungal culture and growth, evaluation of the role of chitosan in protection of soybean from SDS development, chitinase activity assay in soybean leaves, statistical analysis, eVects of chitosan as a natural antifungal agenton inhibition of the radial and submerged growth ofF. solani f. sp. glycines,...
After completing this chapter, you will know: Why is biodiversity important? Make a list of some of the general reasons that animals and plants are endangered; how could a company (legally) develop land that is home to an endangered species? What is the most productive terrestrial ecosystem? What is the extent of deforestation globally? Where and how rapidly is it occurring? Contrast the different levels of ecosystem protection given to public lands in the United States; what is the tragedy of the commons? Give an example of a commons and how it is mistreated.
Research objectives: Can analyze the current situation and characteristics of natural rehabilitation of flora carpet on lands after shifting cultivation as a basis for building the classification of rehabilitation capacity in the study area; can assess the protection capacity of flora carpet on lands after shifting cultivation, can classify rehabilitation potential of forest on lands after shifting cultivation through forest time natural rehabilitation, and propose some silviculture solutions for forest rehabilitation on lands after shifting cultivation in the watershed protection area.
Assessment of source of air, water, and land pollution - Part II : Approaches for consideration in formulating evironmantal control strategies.The environment is a combination of natural factors and social surrounds the outside of a certain system. They affect this system and identify trends and status of its existence. Environment can be seen as a set, in which the system is considered as a subset. Environment of a system is considered to be interactive with that system
This book can be used as a general handbook for applying electrical engineering to the oil, gas and
petrochemical industries. The contents have been developed from a series of lectures on electrical
power systems, given to oil company staff and university students, in various countries. The author
has condensed many years of his knowledge and practical experience into the book.
Organic carbon concentrations can be reduced by enhanced coagulation, granular activated carbon or membrane filtration, but this fact can also lead to increased in brominated THMs (Black et al, 1996.). A combination of coagulation, ozonation, and biofiltration can effectively reduce trihalomethane and haloacetic acid formation
potential (Chaiket et al, 2002.). Natural organic matter (NOM), the main precursor of DBPs, can also be removed by media filters coated with iron oxide
A little note
For some time now I have been bothered by the question of what
constitutes an event. Yes, I have been bothered and the bother has made me
prick up my ears to listen out for theories of the event. I have been
listening, but I've also been looking, and in listening and looking I have
There is a new era of global environmental factors that needs to be
addressed via sound Corporate Environmental Management. Environmental
problems are a key area of concern for the global community in the new
21st century. A sustainable global community is emerging that is geared
toward preserving limited resources and the natural ecology, but to do so
requires resource conservation and the reduction of environmental pollution
loads across all human activities.