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Taiwan's Environmental Struggle

Toward a Green Silicon Island

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Taiwan's Environmental Struggle by Jack Williams
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Taiwan experienced a highly successful economic transformation in the last 50 years that produced one of Asia's genuine 'miracles' of modern development, in terms of improvement in per capita income and overall quality of material well being for its citizens. The process, though, involved rapid industrialization and urbanization, and breakneck mass consumption, that inevitably resulted in rapid escalation in degradation of the island's fragile air, water, and land, and produced some of the worst environmental pollution to be found anywhere in Asia This book examines the causes of Taiwan's environmental predicament, engaging in Taiwan's unique geological, geographical, demographical, political, industrial, historical and economic circumstances. In addition, Jack Williams and Ch'ang-yi David Chang assess the efforts of the government, NGOs and private citizens to create a "green" environmentally sustainable island, with a high tech economy based on the silicon chip, the backbone of Taiwan's highly successful IT industry. Finally the authors discuss what can be done to improve Taiwan's environmental future. As the first commercially available book in English on Taiwan's environmental problems this is an invaluable read for students and scholars interested in environmental studies, sustainable development and the island of Taiwan.

Author Biography

Jack F. Williams is Professor Emweritus of Geography at Michigan State University, USA. Ch'ang-yi David Chang is Professor of Geography at National Taiwan University.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
15 black & white tables, 15 black & white line drawings
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
224
Dimensions
156x234x18
ISBN-13
9780415447232
Product ID
1827415

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