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Environmental Sciences | Economic Sustainability and Environmental Protection in Mediterranean Countries through Clean Manufacturing Methods

Economic Sustainability and Environmental Protection in Mediterranean Countries through Clean Manufacturing Methods

Coca-Prados, José, Gutiérrez-Cervelló, Gemma (Eds.)

2013, IX, 155 p. 96 illus.

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  • The book provides a realistic background on the role of cleaner production in industrial processes, with the goal of reducing/recycling wastewater
  • It covers several wastewater treatment  processes from an academic and industrial perspective, with special attention to hybrid processes
  • Examples of industrial wastes and disposal methods in the food and textile industries, landfill disposal and aquifers are presented

This volume, with contributions from a team of multi-disciplinary team experts, addresses the economic sustainability and clean manufacturing methods to deal with the challenges that water scarcity and water quality are imposing on many countries, particularly on Mediterranean arid areas, that are threatening their economic and social development. Water plays a crucial role in industry, agriculture and daily life. Its use has increased ten-fold between 1900 and 2000. On a global scale, about 70 % of clean water from available sources is used for agricultural purposes, primarily irrigation, the rest of it being used for domestic and industrial purposes. With the actual demographic and economic trends, it is expected that by 2025, two-thirds of the world population will live in water-stressed areas and it is expected a 40 % increase in water consumption.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » cleaner production - economic sustainability - hybrid and membrane processes - industrial wastewater effluents - wastewater treatment

Related subjects » Environmental Sciences - Water Industry and Technologies

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