Perspectives in Pollution Control and Sustainable Development
Tasneem Abbasi
  • ISBN : 9789350568897
  • year : 2018
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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Be it a cabinet minister, a bureaucrat, an industrialist, an academic, or any other person? All are seized with the desire to have the pace of India's development increased. Everyone is equally desirous to have cleaner air, cleaner water, cleaner roads and sidewalks. We all want thickly wooded gardens to frolic in, crystal clear rivers and lakes to behold, and forests with wildlife to enchant us. So everyone is searching for the holygrail called ‘clean development’, hoping that in it will be contained the magic potion which will enable all-round development with all round cleansing of the air, the water, and the land around us. But does such a holy grail exist? Is the so-called ‘sustainable development’ possible with our present day paradigms of ‘development’ and ‘sustainability’? The unique feature of this book is that on one hand it covers the science and technology of pollution and its control ? Material which is needed by students at UG as well as PG levels to excel in their curricular work ? While, simultaneously, it keeps pointing at the societal and attitudinal problems which are making it impossible to develop cleanly. Reading the book makes one realize, time and again, how feeble is the ‘power’ of technology to achieve ‘clean production’. What we get out of all the R & D happening across the world are only promises and illusions of clean development. In effect all cleaning is nothing more than transferring the filth from one site to another, most often with greater ‘dirtiness’. The book makes one realize, equally forcefully, that unless society comes out of its blind faith in technology to mend its own ways by drastically reducing wasteful and wanton consumption, no extents of technological advancements are going to stop the mother earth from getting polluted beyond redemption. For its very interesting and lucid treatment of the concepts, tools, and techniques of environmental pollution moniting and control, as well as for the insights it gives to the limitations of technology verses the potential of societal intervention in achieving truly ‘sustainable’ development, this book is a unique and pioneering contribution to the global literature.