Environment and Development is a component of Encyclopedia of Development and Economic Sciences in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias.
The pressing need to combine protecting the environment with sustaining development has become increasingly recognized. This theme deals with environmental and ecological sustainable development. Environmental damage has not only created obstacles to sustainable economic development, but is also posing great threats, to human health and life, to ecological systems and the natural world, and to the socio-cultural environments in which human beings lead their daily lives.
The content of the theme on Environment and Development is organized with state-of-the-art presentations covering the following aspects of the subject: Approaching Sustainable Development from Different Angles; Hazard and Risk Assessment, and Risk Management; Current Views of Global Carrying Capacity; Social and Economic Disparities; Responses to the Challenges of Disparities and Unsustainable Use of Natural Resources; Environmental Economics and Ecobusiness; Environmental Values and Ethics; Other Important Future Environmental Issues. These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College Students Educators, Professional Practitioners, Research Personnel and Policy Analysts, Managers, and Decision Makers, NGOs and GOs.
Teng Teng is a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, director of the Sustainable Development Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a professor at Tsinghua University. He graduated from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 1951.
Teng Teng studied at the Institute of Technology, Leningrad, from 1957 to 1959 and since then has held the following positions: professor, dean of graduate school, and vice-president of Tsinghua University; vice-minister of the State Science and Technology Commission of China; vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; president of the University of Science and Technology of China; vice-minister of the State Education Commission; and vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has written more than one hundred papers and books in such fields as nuclear energy and the fuel cycle, radioactive waste reprocessing, solution theory and thermodynamics, clean coal combustion, technical economic systems analysis, the environment, and sustainable development. He served as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO from 1989 to 1993 and as vice-chairman from 1991 to 1993. Since 1993, he has been vice-president of the Association of Asian Social Sciences Research Councils