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Environmental impact assessments in the United States usually contain an element dealing with impacts on “cultural resources.” This element is often very limited, addressing only archeological sites or historic buildings, and often addressing even these only by deferring attention to them...
Mine water pollution is one of the most severe forms of aquatic pollution in the UK, and it is a widespread problem internationally. The impacts of mine waters and current methodologies for quantifying these impacts are detailed. Current EIA methods take little account of the socioeconomic...
The EIA Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, was commissioned by the Ministry of the Flemish Community to develop user-friendly methodology for strategic environmental assessment (SEA). One component of this study is a survey of individuals involved in the Flemish environmental impact...
The paper addresses major difficulties in current EIA by pointing out the potential of adaptive management. Several researchers have already suggested this approach, and they stress limitations in our abilities to predict and develop mitigative strategies for complex, dynamic environmental...
This paper looks at a very topical challenge: how to appraise the sustainability of a city, a region, a policy, or programme. As the theme of sustainability is intrinsically multidisciplinary and multisectoral, this suggests that effective appraisals should likewise be based on a holistic or...
Decision-making is central to life cycle assessment (LCA), both in the sense that LCA may be used as decision support and in the sense that different methodological choices in LCA are relevant to different applications. This latter issue is pursued in this paper: i.e., how the decision-making...
Ecologists and economists are increasingly in agreement that ecological and economic systems are linked and that these actually should be viewed as one system. Perhaps because this recognition has been very recent, neither ecologists nor economists have studied the short-term behavior of jointly...
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