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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has become a vital management tool worldwide. EIA is a means of evaluating the likely consequences of a proposed major action which will significantly affect the environment, before that action is taken.This new edition of Wood's key text provides an authoritative, international review of environmental impact assessment, comparing systems used in the UK, USA, the Netherlands, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand and South Africa.
Interest in biofuels began with oil shocks in the 1970's, but the more rapid development and consumption of biofuel industry in recent years has been primarily driven by mandates, subsidies, climate change concerns, emissions targets and energy security. From 2004 to 2006, fuel ethanol grew by 26% and biodiesel grew by 172%. As biofuel production continues to expand, investments in capacity expansion and research and development have been made. The 2008 food crisis emphasized the need to re-examine biofuel consequences. Biofuels remain an important renewable energy resource to substitute for fossil fuels, particularly in the transportation sector, yet biofuels' success is still uncertain. The future of biofuels in the energy supply mix relies on mitigating potential and improving the environmental gains. This book brings together leading authorities on biofuel from the World Bank to examine all of the impacts of biofuel (economic, social, environmental) within a unified framework and in a global perspective, making it of interest to academics in agricultural and environmental economics as well as industry and policy-makers.
Too often America looks outside of herself, at other cultures, for guidance to improve. America seems to be hypercritical of itself and it has become the trend to look to Asia for examples in order to implement improvements. The picture below shows me at the Forbidden Palace. while teaching in China and also having done extensive studies of the Chinese educational system, I have grown to appreciate the historical focus of China on education going back as far as Confucius and beyond. America can certainly learn from the Chinese and they are certainly learning from us. However, it is a mistake to seek to implement Chinese methodology into the American system without modifications being made. There are great differences in the two systems and to walk away from the strengths of the American system to indiscriminately adopt the strengths of the Chinese system is to throw the baby out with the bath water. The Chinese are very insightful and know this. this is why they look to America and other systems to discover the best of those systems, adapt it to the current Chinese system, and graft it on making it a part of the living ever-evolving structure gaining strength, endurance, and efficacy. This book examines these other systems and compares them with America's system. We can learn from China, Japan, and especially France and, like the Chinese, graft on the best of the other systems to ours making it stronger and more efficacious. As the Chinese welcomed me and all Americans, so we should welcome them and the best of their system and graft it into our historically incomparable educational system once again making it an formidable force to be reckoned with worldwide.
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