Many countries experience lack of harmony among economic development, environmental management and human health. As a consequence, public health, the integrity of ecosystems, and the efforts to reach environmental sustainability, have been adversely affected. The complexity, frequency and magnitude of those impacts is increasingly parallel to the technological revolution, rising population, and increasing per capita consumption. The burden of the concerns about how humans inflict natural and man-made enclaves tends to rely in highly industrial societies. However, many of the world environmental alterations are been achieved by non-industrial societies.
This book examines and discusses multidisciplinary aspects of the impacts that humans had on the physical environment, the biota, and human health, focusing on the scenario of developing and under developing countries. Among the areas covered are environmental degradation, pollution, occupational health, risk management, epidemiology and toxicology.
This book will help scientists, resource managers, administrators, educators, policy makers and college students interpret that risk management and the advancement of research in sustainable development is of utmost importance for all parties involved in seeking solutions for the protection of natural and anthropogenic systems, and human health.
Communicating environmental risks and the decision making process
1. Environmental and human health risk management: An overview
2. Communicating environmental risks in developing countries
3. Environmental management in Brazil: reducing organizational risks
4. Tsunami hazards: A case study of risk management in the Caribbean Region
5. Cost-benefit analysis to enhance the risk management decision making process
6. Adjusted Genuine Savings and Human Development Index: A two dimensional indicator for sustainability
Management of surface and groundwater resources
7. Management, public opinion and research on Costa Rica’s surface and groundwater resources
8. Stormwater management practices: The case of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
9. Impact of surface runoff on the aquifers of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Conservation of Land, Air, Water and Cultural Assets
10. Ethnoecological restoration of deforested and agricultural tropical lands for Mesoamerica
11. Atmospheric aerosols: A case study from the Caribbean Region
12. The potential of Thillandsia sp. to monitor PAHs from automobile sources in Puerto Rico
13. Degradation of PCBs and spilled oil by bioenhancing agents
14. Cryptosporidium oocyst transmission in the aquatic environment of Haiti 201
Risk Management and Wastewater Reuse
15. Health-related aspects of wastewater reuse in urban truck farming: A case study of Yaoundé, Cameroon
16. Application of low-cost sorbents to remove chromium from industrial wastewater discharges
17. Viability of the upflow anaerobic sludge process for risk management of wastewater treatment