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Environmental Sciences - Sustainable Development | Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas–Mexico Border Region

Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas–Mexico Border Region

Ramirez, D., Ren, J., Jones, K.D., Lamm, H. (Eds.)

2014, XI, 198 p. 90 illus., 60 illus. in color.

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  • Presents research from both sides of the Rio Grande
  • Brings together knowledge on both water and air pollution in this region
  • Environmental health issues are discussed

This book highlights the environmental sustainability problems specific to the South Texas–Mexico border region, on both sides of the Rio Grande, focusing on water and air pollution. The region is beset by climate extremes, from severe drought conditions to hurricanes, providing specific challenges for the ecosystems and the populations existing within the region.


The water pollution research centers on:


·         the Rio Grande and its feeder creeks

·         the outflows into the intercoastal waterways, marshes, lagoons, and bays

·         previously deposited metals in waterways

·         impacts of concentrated discharges on downstream receiving waters

·         hydrological conditions in a pilot-scale constructed wetland

·         water quality treatment ability of wetlands

·         the recovery of nutrient removal activity after major flooding damage and inundation


The air pollution research focuses on:


·         the effects of air pollution on an individual’s health in municipalities on the Rio Grande  and in interior cities

·         the transport of ultrafine particles and other pollutants from industry and automotive sources

·         the influence of climate on air quality in the study cities


While the research centers on challenges of the South Texas–Mexico border region, findings and recommendations will be beneficial to researchers in other regions facing similar problems.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Air pollution - Environmental sustainability - Rio Grande - South Texas-Mexico border region - Water pollution

Related subjects » Environmental Health & Public Health - Monitoring & Environmental Analysis - Pollution and Remediation - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Introduction to Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas–Mexico Border Region.- Pollution and Lifestyle Causes of Asthma and Allergies among School Children of Tamaulipas, Mexico in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.- Environmental Health Indicators for the Border Region between South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.- Characterization of Ultrafine Particles and Other Vehicular Pollutants near an International Bridge in United States - Mexico Border Region.- Evaluating the Impacts of Emissions and Global Temperature Perturbations on Air Quality in South and Central Texas.- Manufacture and Physical Characterization of Wood-Derived Activated Carbon from South Texas Mesquite for Environmental Applications.- Assessment of Nutrient and Heavy Metal Levels in Manadas Creek, an Urban Tributary of the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas.- Antimony and Arsenic Isotope Distribution in a Semi-Arid Creek during the Wet Season.- Characterization of Brackish Groundwater Desalination Concentrate Discharge Impacts on Water Quality in a Texas Coastal Area.- Evaluation of Hydraulic Residence Time Distribution (RTD) Characterization and Monitoring in a Constructed Channel Wetland in South Texas.- Recovery of Aquaculture Treatment Constructed Wetlands Function after Prolonged Flood Inundation Events in South Texas.- Index.

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