International Handbook of Pollution Control

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A very useful handbook for researchers interested in getting a quick summary of the state of environmental regulation in a particular country, but rather specialized. Choice Pollution contaminates the air, land, and water with no regard for the boundaries between nations. The effective regulation of pollution, therefore, requires cooperation that transcends economic and political boundaries. This comprehensive survey of pollution control incorporates 24 essays by contributors from around the world. Collectively, they lend cross-cultural perspective to common ground: the historical background, major political problems, and implementation of pollution control. Political problems are considered from regional, national, and international perspectives. Factors in implementation include the role of organizations--both governmental and nongovernmental--fines, incentives, prohibitions, and liabilities. Two introductory chapters define the nature of pollution and international aspects of its regulation. The main essays are grouped according to region and arranged alphabetically within each region. The contributors include not only scientists but legal and political authorities as well. Each essay offers the unique perspective of one nation and the particular internal and external pollution problems it faces. Three helpful indexes complete this indispensable reference source on the regulation of pollution. A must for scientists and ecologists, this book is also appropriate for members of state, local, and federal regulatory agencies.