Acid in the Environment

Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

Editors: Visgilio, Gerald R., Whitelaw, Diana M. (Eds.)

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Acid deposition is a large scale, long term environmental problem with more significant ecological impacts than previously anticipated. Today we recognize that resolution involves a perplexing set of policy issues, since the sources of pollution are often hundreds of miles away, and can only be accomplished through international cooperation, often at a global scale. Acid in the Environment: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects is a collection of essays that blends the research findings and the policy analyses of individuals from different academic disciplines with the positions advanced by representatives of NGOs.

In Part I: Ecological Impacts of Acid Deposition, scientists emphasize the web of changes in complex ecosystems caused by sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Analyses of domestic and international policies to control the emission of pollutants that cause acid rain are discussed in Part II: Acid Emissions Energy and Policy. The authors of Part III: Sulfur Dioxide and the Market provide the reader with an economic perspective on the control of sulfur dioxide emissions. The volume concludes with Part IV: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects, which reveals the acid deposition problem has served as a testing ground for applying scientific insights to public policy, forging international agreements and creating economically effective mechanisms to solve environmental problems. The rapid progress in reducing sulfur dioxide emissions in both North America and Europe is promising, and provides a good model for regions in eastern Asia where these emissions are growing fast.

Acid in the Environment: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects presents a broad approach to the study of acid deposition, exposing readers with a scientific background to significant policy issues and those with a policy orientation to important ecological impacts. The book raises important questions that will serve as a springboard for discussion between diverse groups of teachers and students, concerned citizens and legislators, and scientists and policy makers.

About the authors

Gerald R. Visgilio is Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College where he also serves as the academic advisor to the Certificate Program in Environmental Studies. His research and teaching interests include an economic analysis of environmental and natural resource policy, environmental law, environmental justice and antitrust law and policy. He earned his B.A. from Providence College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. Visgilio co-edited Our Backyard: A Quest for Environmental Justice, which was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title in Science and Technology in 2003 and America’s Changing Coasts: Private Rights and Public Trust in 2005.

Diana M. Whitelaw is Associate Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College where she coordinates the Certificate Program in Environmental Studies. Whitelaw co-edited Our Backyard: A Quest for Environmental Justice, which was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title in Science and Technology in 2003 and America’s Changing Coasts: Private Rights and Public Trust in 2005. She earned her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Atmospheric Deposition and Nitrogen Pollution in Coastal Marine Ecosystems

    Robert W. Howarth

    Pages 97-116

  • The Politics of Acid Rain in Europe

    Miranda A. Schreurs

    Pages 119-149

  • Economic Incentives Versus Command and Control: What’s the Best Approach for Solving Environmental Problems?

    Winston Harrington, Richard D. Morgenstern

    Pages 233-240

  • Benefits and Costs From Sulfur Dioxide Trading: A Distributional Analysis

    Ronald J. Shadbegian, Wayne Gray, Cynthia Morgan

    Pages 241-259

  • From Sulfur Dioxide to Greenhouse Gases: Trends and Events Shaping Future Emissions Trading Programs in the United States

    Joseph Kruger

    Pages 261-287

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Acid in the Environment
Book Subtitle
Lessons Learned and Future Prospects
Editors
  • Gerald R. Visgilio
  • Diana M. Whitelaw
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-37562-5
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-37562-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-37561-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9762-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 332
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