Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas Mexico Border Region

Author: David Ramirez
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400771223
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Environmental sustainability issues in a fragile, semi-arid region and its coastal area, which experience climate changes from extreme drought conditions to the effects of hurricanes over a period of weeks to years, provide specific challenges for the ecosystems and the populations existing within the region. The research presented focuses on the problems and some solutions specific to the South Texas-Mexico border region, on both sides of the Rio Grande, focusing on water and air pollution.

Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas u2013 Mexico Border Region

Author: David Ramirez
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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.

The U S Mexican Border Environment

Author: Michael Wilken-Robertson
Publisher: SCERP and IRSC publications
ISBN: 9780925613424
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A collection of papers commissioned by the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy addresses the social, environmental, and economic problems of Indian tribes in the Mexican-American border region.

Environmental Policy in North America

Author: Robert G. Healy
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442693770
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This comprehensive analysis of key issues in North American environmental policy provides an overview of how the US, Mexico, and Canada differ in their environmental management approaches and capacity levels, and how these differences play into cross-border cooperation on environmental problems. The book offers insights into transboundary cooperation both before and after NAFTA, and presents a framework for making environmental interaction more effective in the future. The book is organized into two parts. The first, more general, section compares the national contexts for environmental management in each country—including economic conditions, sociocultural dynamics, and political decision-making frameworks— and shows how these have led to variations in policy approaches and levels of capacity. The authors argue that effective environmental governance in North America depends on the ability of transboundary institutions to address and mediate these differences. The book's second section illustrates this argument, using four case studies of environmental management in North America: biodiversity and protected areas, air pollution (smog); greenhouse gas reduction, and genetically modified crops.