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Air Pollution and the Forests of Developing and Rapidly Industrialising Countries

Air Pollution and the Forests of Developing and Rapidly Industrialising Countries

IUFRO Research Series

Edited by J Innes, University of British Columbia, Canada, A Haron, Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysia

June 2000 / Hardback / 264 Pages / 9780851994819 £95.00 / €120.00 / $180.00
With 10% online discount: £85.50 / €108.00 / $162.00
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Main Description

This book examines the importance of air pollution for the forests of rapidly industrialising countries and regions. Its geographical coverage includes South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, including Siberia, China and Korea. The problems presented by air pollution are placed within the more general context of sustainable development within these regions and the historical legacy that they are attempting to deal with. Attention is drawn to the very serious problems associated with poor air quality in cities such as Mexico City and Chongqing, China. Air pollution in these areas is amongst the worst in the world. Several chapters examine the importance of forest fires as a source of air pollution, with particular reference being made to the Southeast Asian fires in recent years. The available information about the effects of this pollution on the surrounding forests is reviewed, and recommendations are made for a better understanding of the impacts. A final chapter reviews the recent developments in air pollution control policies in the different regions covered by the book.

  • 1: Foreword
  • 2: Air Pollution and Forestry in Rapidly Industrializing Countries: an Introduction
  • 3: General Problems Associated with Air Quality in Developing Countries
  • 4: Air Pollution Problems in the Forested Areas of Mexico and Central America
  • 5: Regional Impacts, Consequences and Policy Options in Relation to Air Pollution in Latin America
  • 6: Forest Problems in Africa
  • 7: Forestry Problems Related to Air Pollution in Central Asia
  • 8: Forestry Problems and Air Pollution in China and Korea
  • 9: Forestry Problems in South-east Asia
  • 10: Research on Air Pollution Impacts on Indian Forests
  • 11: The Importance of Woodfuels as a Source of Pollution in Developing and Rapidly Industrializing Countries
  • 12: Forest Fires and Atmospheric Pollution
  • 13: Development of the Regional Policy Process for Air Pollution in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • 14: Conclusions

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