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Some major developments witnessed during the 20th century have greatly impacted human beings as well as the planet Earth--the only known planet to support life. Incalculable harm is being caused to natural habitats, eco-systems and environment by unprecedented growth in population resulting in great rise in consumption; rapid increase in urbanization and industrialisation; dramatic changes in global economic environment; and reckless use of mineral and forest resources, etc.
As a result of man's unsustainable practices, there is an ongoing depletion of our planet's biological treasures, and a real threat of acceleration in greenhouse effect and global warming. Serious consequences are apprehended because of receding of glaciers. Rapid melting of snow will lead to quick run-off of water and submersion of coastal areas and several small islands. Weakening of the great reservoirs of water and the sources of rivers will adversely affect the volume and flow of water. Adverse climate changes anticipated include intensification of tropical cyclones, irregular rainfall patterns, frequent droughts and floods.
Global Environment: Problems and Policies is an anthology containing articles by erudite scholars who have deeply analysed various issues relating to environmental degradation and made valuable suggestions on pertinent aspects like environmental accountability, environmental modeling with Geographical Information System (GIS), appropriate public transport system for better environment, conflicts in joint forest management, and promotion of sustainable development.
The book will be highly beneficial for students and researchers working in the field of environment. Policymakers, executives and industrialists will also find it useful. The book will create awareness among the readers about the need to adopt sustainable practices, protect natural habitats, preserve biodiversity and re-establish environmental ethics and values.
K.R. Gupta has published over a dozen books and more than hundred papers in leading journals published in India and abroad. He has edited multi-volume Encyclopaedia of Environment which includes so far published volumes entitled Environment: Problems and Policies; Environment: Global Warming and Environmental Legislation in India. More volumes are in press.
Maria Anna Jankowska, a Ph.D. in Economics, came to the United States from Poland after being awarded a Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars Grant from the Smithsonian Institute. She completed an MLS degree at the University of California at Berkeley. She is presently the General Editor of Electronic Green Journal published from the University of Idaho Library.
Klaus Bosselmann has been teaching in the areas of environmental law, international law, comparative law and jurisprudence. He is particularly interested in the ethics of sustainability in climate change, biodiversity and global governance. Klaus has been the Director of New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law since 1999. He currently serves as Co-chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of The World Conservation Union (IUCN). He has authored/edited 15 books and numerous articles.
Prasenjit Maiti is a political sociologist. He taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Burdwan before joining the development sector. He was on the secondment as a Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Federalism of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He also served as an evaluation consultant to TERI while working on the National Green Corps Project.