ERIC Number: ED292631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
State of the Environment: A View toward the Nineties. A Report from the Conservation Foundation.
Conservation Foundation, Washington, DC.
This document provides a review of the United States' progress in improving the condition of its environment and the management of its natural resources, as well as a global perspective with regard to this country's policies. The report is divided into two parts. The first five chapters describe and analyze a wide range of environmental conditions and trends. Chapter 1 deals with such underlying trends as population, economic growth, public opinion, and environmental expenditures. Chapter 2 covers trends in conventional environmental pollutants in the air and water and on the land. Chapter 3 assesses the situation with toxic substances and hazardous and nuclear wastes. Chapter 4 summarizes what is happening to the use and condition of the nation's land, water, and energy resources. Chapter 5 discusses wildlife and such protected lands and critical areas as parks, wilderness, and wetlands. The second part of the report examines four environmental issues that are not being fully addressed by existing environmental protection and management programs. Chapter 6 assesses the problems facing the nation's agricultural sector and the interactions between agricultural production and environmental quality, both at home and abroad. Chapter 7 provides a broad overview of waste production and management in the United States. It suggests that there may be more rational approaches to dealing with these problems than are provided by existing programs. Chapter 8 evaluates the risks associated with three types of air pollution not being dealt with rigorously under current air pollution control laws; air toxics, indoor air, and accidental releases. Chapter 9 assesses the importance and implications of switching from past wildlife policies aimed predominantly at protecting individual species to expanded approaches addressing biological diversity. (TW)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Ecological Factors, Economic Factors, Environmental Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, National Programs, Natural Resources, Quality of Life, Science and Society, World Problems
The Conservation Foundation, 1250 24th Street, Washington, DC 20037 ($19.95; 5-9 copies, 20% discount; 10-19 copies, 25% discount; 100 or more, 40% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Conservation Foundation, Washington, DC.