ERIC Number: ED245885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, DC.
This document consists of data which highlight trends in all sectors relevant to environmental policy. These data are presented in the form of charts and maps contained in 13 sections under the following headings: people and the land; critical areas (wetlands, wild areas, parks, historic places, and risk zones); human settlements; transportation; material use and toxic waste; toxic substances (pesticides, industrial chemicals, metals, and radiation); cropland, forests, and rangeland; wildlife; energy; water resources; water quality (rivers and streams, lakes, and oceans); air quality; and the biosphere (population, land, wildlife, oceans, and atmosphere). Each chart or map is accompanied by a brief discussion highlighting the changes noted. Among the findings reported are: (1) a reduction in total suspended particulates and sulfur dioxide concentrations in urban air; (2) a continual reduction in the extent of natural land areas in the United States; (3) a dramatic change in the patterns of land use in the U.S. (such as human settlements locating in areas once avoided because they were too hot or cold); and (4) changes in the condition of the land due to natural and/or human factors. (JN)
Descriptors: Change, Ecology, Energy, Land Use, Metals, Pesticides, Physical Environment, Pollution, Population Trends, Social Indicators, Transportation, Water Quality, Water Resources, Wildlife
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, DC.