Economic growth after World War II was made possible throughdramatic increases in the use of material resources and energy. It isapparent that current development patterns followed by industrializedcountries are causing serious environmental problems and that they areneither ecologically nor socially sustainable. In recent years, many Asian developing countries, which have sufferedfrom poverty for decades, are experiencing high rates of economicgrowth by introducing material-intensive production and consumptionpatterns. The globalization trends magnify on a global scale theproblems associated with current development patterns. How can we transform existing economic and social systems into moreenvironmentally benign and sustainable ones? This book presents anumber of issues that must be considered whn discussing newdevelopment patterns, which are environmentally friendly and sociallyfair. It covers concepts of new development patterns, new energy andwater supply, sustainable agriculture, information technology andenvironment, information disclosure and poverty alleviation. Audience: This volume will be of interest to those who areinvolved in innovative interdisciplinary policy studies on environmentand development, particularly in Asia and the Pacific region. Alsothose who are interested in realizing sustainable development throughagriculture, water supply, information technology, chemical industryand sustainability issues in China and India.
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