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Environmental Concerns: An Inter-disciplinary Exercise by N. E. Busch, J. Fjeldså, J. Aa. Hansen, E. Lund, O. Olsen

By N. E. Busch, J. Fjeldså, J. Aa. Hansen, E. Lund, O. Olsen (auth.), J. Aa. Hansen (eds.)

"How am I involved in the surroundings from the place I stand professionally?" Or, "what is the environmental fringe of my profession?" a couple of striking lecturers have been requested to think about those questions in 1989 with the purpose of beginning an cutting edge dialogue on environmental adjustments and an knowing of the way those are on the topic of human actions. on the own invitation of the Programme Committee, 17 contributors, each one of whom have assorted specialist backgrounds and nationalities, ready a paper and met for a symposium in Elsinore, Denmark, in September of 1990. a number of the authors revised their unique papers due to the discussions in the course of the symposium. After peer evaluation and enhancing, the contributions have been published during this booklet in models that categorical the authors' own convictions and precedence environmental issues. The authors contributed to the symposium by means of providing papers and participat­ ing in stimulating and occasionally provocative discussions. The Programme Committee is thankful for the pro notion supplied and for the non secular and hot, social surroundings during which the symposium took place.

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This implies performing epidemiological surveys and monitoring the environment. Basic scientific work is needed to understand the mechanisms that are involved in causing the present condition of the environment and the state of health. Changes and proposed interventions should always be studied "ecologically", which means that they are to be conceived as the consequence or the cause of disturbances of complex balances. The contribution of medicine in this process is emphasized. The importance of the proper use of terminology is demonstrated.

The percentages are much higher in the industrialized world. In these urban areas, which include so-called secondary cities as well as megalopolises, two major issues face those responsible for water management: first, an aging infrastructure in cities in the industrialized world and inadequate infrastructure in the cities in the developing world; and second, inadequate water resources to serve the metropolitan areas, a problem common to both industrialized and developing countries. The matter of infrastructure is primarily a problem of funds.

SANGSTER In order to cause an effect, the factor has to be absorbed by the individual organism. It can cause local effects, which implies that the mechanism causing the effect occurs where the factor and the individual have contact. =I~ accident Incident general INTRODUCTION INTO THE ENVIRONMENT V I R o N M E N __T S human activity naturally occurring o U R C E Figure 2. Exogenous factors; chain from cause to effect. be transported after absorption and cause the effect elsewhere. When chemicals are involved, the nature of the factor can change during transportation because of the biochemical capabilities of the organism (biotransformation).

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