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Environment and Climate Change in Asia: Ecological Footprints and Green Prospects

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication Page
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. About the Authors
  7. Asia’s ‘Sustainability’ Quests: An Introductory Overview
    1. I. Motivation and Occasion
    2. II. Synthesis and Overview
    3. III. Conclusion
    4. References
  8. The Asian Century: Environmental Impacts and Implications
    1. Chapter One. Whither the Sustainability and Development Twain Meet: Implications and Challenges for Asian States
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Climate Change: The Accumulating Evidence
      3. III. Asian Century: Climate Change Challenge
      4. IV. Global Architecture for Climate Change: How Will Asia Benefit?
      5. V. National Strategies in Adaptation and Mitigation
      6. VI. What is Asia’s Response to the American Model of Unsustainable Development?
      7. VII. Concluding Thoughts
      8. References
    2. Chapter Two. Understanding Sustainable Development and the Challenges Faced by Developing Countries
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Development of the Concept of SD
      3. III. Sustainable Developments and Poverty Eradication
      4. IV. Climate Change and Sustainable Development Challenges for Developing Countries
      5. V. Conclusion
      6. References
  9. Environmental Outcomes, Human Impacts
    1. Chapter Three. An Environmental Health Investigation of Skin Disorders: Southeast Asian Perspectives
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Materials and Methods
      3. III. Results
      4. IV. Environmental Assessment
      5. IV. Discussion
      6. V. Conclusion
      7. Acknowledgements
      8. References
  10. Environmental Assessments and Approaches
    1. Chapter Four. The Economic Valuation of Urban Ecosystem Services
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. The Conceptual Framework
      3. III. A Quasi-Hypothetical Case Study
      4. IV. Conclusion
      5. Acknowledgements
      6. References
    2. Chapter Five. The Material Consumption of Singapore’s Economy: An Industrial Ecology Approach
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Methodology
      3. III. Other Data Sources
      4. IV. Approach
      5. V. Results
      6. VI. Discussion
      7. VII. Limitations and Future Research
      8. VIII. Conclusion
      9. Acknowledgements
      10. References
  11. Biodiversity Challenges: Nature Conservation
    1. Chapter Six. Challenges to Southeast Asia’s Status as the Global Coral Reef Hotspot
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Strengths
      3. III. Weaknesses
      4. IV. Threats
      5. V. Opportunities
      6. VI. Conclusion
      7. References
    2. Chapter Seven. Nature Conservation for Sustainable Development in Singapore
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Singapore’s Ecological Footprint
      3. III. Lacunae in the Singapore Green Plan
      4. IV. Green Areas for Biodiversity Conservation
      5. V. Greenery Against Global and Local Warning
      6. VI. Framework for Sustainable Development
      7. VII. Issue of Land Scarcity
      8. VIII. Conclusion
      9. References
    3. Chapter Eight. The Biodiversity Crisis in Asia: Singapore as a Model for Environmental Change and Threats to Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Habitat Loss and Modification
      3. III. Over-Exploitation
      4. IV. Alien Species
      5. V. Pollution
      6. VI. Other Threats
      7. VII. Climate Change
      8. VIII. Conclusion
      9. Acknowledgements
      10. References
  12. Preparing for Climate Change: Adaptations
    1. Chapter Nine. Building Climate Change Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Transport Sector: Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Safeguards – Case Studies
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Climate Change Adaptation – Challenges and Lessons Learnt from Development Investments
      3. III. Case Study: A Road Network Development Project for Timor Leste
      4. IV. Case Study: The Solomon Islands Coastal Roads under Threat by Climate Change
      5. V. Conclusion
      6. Acknowledgements
      7. References
  13. Green Buildings
    1. Chapter Ten. Integrated Sustainability Policies For China’s Cement Industry – A Case Study Approach
      1. I. The Sustainability Impact of Building Materials and the Role of China’s Cement Industry
      2. II. Methodology
      3. III. The Four Cases
      4. IV. Lessons on Integrated Policymaking from Case Studies
      5. V. Improving China’s Strategies for Its Cement Industry
      6. VI. Conclusion
      7. References
    2. Chapter Eleven. Green Buildings: New Perspectives
      1. I. Sustainable Development: Context of the Chapter
      2. II. Research Objectives
      3. III. Building and the Environment
      4. IV. Sustainable Construction
      5. V. Main Drivers
      6. VI. Benefits
      7. VII. Green Buildings in Singapore
      8. VIII. Conclusion
      9. References
  14. Environmental Management: Reflections
    1. Chapter Twelve. Urban Governance and Sustainability: Environmental Management Systems for Cities
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Strategies for Urban Environmental Management
      3. III. EMS for Cities
      4. IV. ISO 14001
      5. V. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Framework for Environmentally Sustainable Cities
      6. VI. Conclusion
      7. References
    2. Chapter Thirteen. Environmental Management: Challenges of the Next Decade
      1. I. Introduction
      2. II. Environmental Management as a Matured Field
      3. III. Core Knowledge and Methodologies for Sustainability Management
      4. IV. Transitions to the Green Economy
      5. V. Meeting Fundamental New Challenges
      6. VI. Principles to Promote Sustainability
      7. VII. Conclusion
      8. References