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• Helpful thematic layout – The chapters of the book are organized based on relevant themes of the environment to today’s situation, which help to make the book more useful for a reader looking for information based on different environmental themes. • Reflections from a wide range of disciplines – The contributors whose works are featured in this second compilation come from a range of disciplines, with a wealth of experience in their fields. Their reflections would be useful for environmental managers looking to gain in-depth insight on various environmental issues. • Useful case studies and enlightening solutions – The papers in the book highlight present ongoing problems in specific countries, particularly Asia, and the authors have proposed solutions or future directions pertaining to them. • Diagrams and charts for visual understanding – Diagrams and charts, some of which are drawn up by the contributors themselves contain concise and relevant information for easy referencing and understanding.
This collection of essays on environment and climate change within Asia is written by faculty members to mark the celebration of the 10th Anniversary (2001–2011) of the National University of Singapore’s Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) program. These essays reflect the multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary pedagogical nature of the MEM program with academic contributions from the Arts, Architecture, Building and Real Estate, Business, Economics, Law, Medicine, and Sciences as well as inputs from industry and non-government organizations. The papers provide a mix of field-study research, grounded conceptual distillations, policy and applied eco-developmental suggestions, critical reviews of government programs, and comparisons of local and global environment and climate change interventions. This is a must-read book for any academic researcher, government official, corporate decision-maker and the informed public about the ecological impacts and outcomes, social and economic implications, and the political ramifications and state policy options in the defining 21st century of global climate change. Read it to become an informed and active participant in environmental debates and dialogues.
Preface by Tommy KOH About the Authors Asia’s ‘Sustainability’ Quests: An Introductory Overview Victor R SAVAGE, LYE Lin-Heng and George OFORI THE ASIAN CENTURY: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND IMPLICATIONS Chapter 1: Whither the Sustainability and Development Twain Meet: Implications and Challenges for Asian states Victor R SAVAGE
Chapter 2: Understanding Sustainable Development and the Challenges Faced by Developing Countries Asanga GUNAWANSA
ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES, HUMAN IMPACTS Chapter 3: An Environmental Health Investigation of Skin Disorders: Southeast Asian Perspectives David KOH and Judy SNG
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS AND APPROACHES Chapter 4: The Economic Valuation of Urban Ecosystem Services Dodo J THAMPAPILLAI
Chapter 5: The Material Consumption of Singapore’s economy: An Industrial Ecology Approach Marian CHERTOW, Esther S CHOI and Keith LEE
BIODIVERSITY CHALLENGES: NATURE CONSERVATION Chapter 6: Challenges to Southeast Asia’s status as the Global Coral Reef Hotspot CHOU Loke-Ming
Chapter 7: Nature Conservation for a Sustainable Singapore HO, Hua Chew
Chapter 8: The Biodiversity Crisis in Asia: Singapore as a Model for Environmental Change and Threats to Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems Darren CJ YEO, Richard T CORLETT and Hugh TW TAN
PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: ADAPTATIONS Chapter 9: Building Climate Change Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Transport Sector: Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Safeguards – Case Studies Carsten M HÜTTCHE
GREEN BUILDINGS Chapter 10: Integrated Sustainability Policies for China’s Cement Industry – A Case Study Approach Harn Wei KUA
Chapter 11: Green Buildings: New Perspectives George OFORI
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: REFLECTIONS Chapter 12: Urban Governance and Sustainability: Environmental Management Systems for Cities LYE Lin-Heng
Chapter 13: Environmental Management: Challenges of the Next Decade Nicholas A ROBINSON