An Agenda of Science for Environment and Development into the 21st Century

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This volume brings together the understanding and the judgment of the world's scientific community on the issues of highest priority for the future of the environment and development. It looks beyond the state of the art and formulates the environment and development research agenda and identifies the scientific knowledge base that will be needed for rational policy decisions during the coming decades. Diverse topics such as population, land use, energy, and global cycles are covered under sixteen themes that have been grouped into three sections: "Problems of Environment and Development" "Scientific Understanding of the Earth System" and "Responses and Strategies".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521437615
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 11.81 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

General introduction; Conference statement; Keynote speeches; Part I. Problems of Environment and Development: Introduction; 1. Population and natural resource use; 2. Agriculture land use and degradation; 3. Industry and waste; 4. Energy; 5. Health; Part II. Scientific Understanding of the Earth System: Introduction; 6. Global cycles; 7. Atmosphere and climate; 8. Marine and coastal systems; 9. Terrestrial systems; 10. Freshwater resources; 11. Biodiversity; Part III. Responses and Strategies: Introduction; 12. Quality of life; 13. Public awareness, science and the environment; 14. Capacity building; 15. Policies for technology; 16. Institutional arrangements; Appendices.

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