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Hot Topics: Everyday Environmental Concerns

S.A. Abbasi (Author)
Synopsis Acid rain, global warming, the greenhouse effect, ozone holes, CFCs, radioactive wastes, water disinfectants, the Bhopal gas stragedy, carbon monoxide emissions, methane levels, flash fires, mercury poisonings..are all Hot Topics today. These dangers and threats are now very real and lived, many of them actualized for some parts of the world, and far closer to home than ever before. These critical issues are no longer matters of 'discussion' or mere academic interest. Our understanding of the environment and its degeneration due to industry and negligent resource (ab) use has undergone a tremendous change since the sixties when some of these phrases gained currency. A basic and simple understanding of the issues involved has escaped many of us who were schooled before 'ecology' and 'environment' appeared on school and University Syllabi. Those more familiar, yet not fully conversant, with these processes find ourselves equally stumped at deciphering and keeping abreast of ecological news and moves. Hot Topics demystifies the key concepts and processes in a simple style that will be accessible not only to technocrats, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, teachers, senior students and researchers, but also to every curious and concerned person seeking answers to basic questions that will enable an understanding of our wold and where it is headed.
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About the author

S.A. Abbasi

Dr. S.A. Abbasi, senior Professor & Director, Centre for Pollution Control & Energy Technology has taken MS (Miami, USA), Ph. D. (IIT Bombay) and DSc Cochin University of Science & Technology) and had his post doctoral training at Japan specializing in environmental engineering and energy systems. Beginning his professional career in 1970, Prof. Abbasi has taught at IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani, and Bhopal University before joining Centre for Water Resources, kozhikode. There he headed Water Quality & Environment Division for eight years (1979-87). In 1984 he was honoured with Visiting Professorship of California State University, USA and held that position till 1987. In 1987 Prof. Abbasi moved to a professorial chair at Pondicherry (Central) University becoming Director, Centre for Pollution Control & Energy Technology, in 1991 and Director-cum-senior Professor in 1997; a position in which he continues till now. He is consultant, International Foundation for Water Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Environmental Works. Al-Khobar; and Member of Honorary Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, being published for UK. Prof. Abbasi has been chairman/member of numerous national and international expert committees and has been session chairman of international conferences at USA, Europe, Asia and Africa on several occasions. He is Member; Editorial Board. International Journal of Energy-Environment-Economics published from USA., Journal of Industrial Population Control (India), Pollution Research (India), Journal of Environment, Ecology& Conservation, Chemical and Environmental Research, and Journal Mendale. He is on the panel of referees of Environmental Pollution (USA/UK), Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, Current Science etc., and has been called upon to vet R&D projects by DST, MOEn, DBT, CSIR, DOE, and others. In 1995 Prof Abasi was conferred national Hydrology Award instituted by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. He was awarded $ 2000 IDA Prize by International Desalination Association based in USA, 1996. In 1998 Prof Abbasi was honoured with a Gold Metal at the International Energy Conference ENERGEX ’98; and was conferred S.K. Mitra Memorial Award by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Calcutta. Recently he has been given the Goldstar Award and has been declared as the “2000 most important people of the current millennium” by International Biographical Institute, Cambridge.

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Title Hot Topics: Everyday Environmental Concerns
Author S.A. Abbasi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195645340
length xvi+208p., Figures; 23cm.