Creeping Environmental Problems and Sustainable Development by Michael Glantz

By Michael Glantz

Environmental degradation within the Aral Sea basin in principal Asia has been a touchstone for expanding public expertise of environmental concerns. The Aral difficulty has been touted as a "quiet Chernobyl" and as one of many worst human-made environmental catastrophes of the 20 th century. This multidisciplinary e-book is the 1st to comprehensively describe the gradual onset of low grade yet incremental alterations (i.e., creeping environmental swap) that affected the zone and its peoples. via a suite of case reviews, it describes how the region's decision-makers allowed those alterations to develop into an environmental and societal nightmare. It outlines many classes to be realized for different parts present process dangerous creeping environmental switch, and gives a huge instance of the way to procedure such failures for college kids and researchers of environmental reports, international swap, political technology and background.

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Republics in the region quickly came to realize that the funding that would be made available would come with ‘strings’ attached. This realization has been followed by stage four, a decline in interest in resolving the difficult environmental problems of the region, and a search for one grandiose costly plan to make all of the region’s environmental ills go away. In this phase, realistic ‘can-do’ proposals can emerge, along with an improved appreciation of the problems faced and the limited funds available to address them.

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It is very important to improve awareness of the interdependence between the officially designated disaster zone around the Sea and upstream regions. Their fates are geographically entwined. That awareness should serve to reinforce the value of a regional political organization of equals; a regional organ- michael h. glantz 22 2. 3. 4. 5. ization, unlike most others around the globe where one or two countries tend to dominate the process. It is also important to improve the awareness of the tradeoffs between environment and development.

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