State of the Environment in Asia
 

The English-language version of the first Ajia Kankyou Hakusho ("Asian Environment White Paper").
 


Title: The State of the Environment in Asia 1999/2000

(Japan Environmental Council, ed.)

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Tokyo

ISBN Soft cover 981-230-084-8

Hard cover 4-431-70267-9
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Prices
Softcover:  3,400 yen/$59.95/DM98.00
Hardcover:  12,600 yen/$119.00/DM198.00
 

Letter size, 197 pp.
 

This book is divided into three parts.
 

Part I is "Asia by Theme," and has four chapters that discuss environmental problems in various Asian countries/regions according to their respective themes.
 

Part II is "Asia by Country and Region," and has seven chapters that treat the seven countries/regions of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and Taiwan. (The second volume in this series has added chapters on India, Vietnam, and the Philippines.)
 

Part III, "Indicators," consists of 23 short discussions on various topics that are accompanied by graphs and tables. This section is much like the Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs.
 

Although this first effort admittedly leaves much to be desired, it is hoped that the book will nevertheless do much to address the relative lack of information and substantive discussion on environmental issues in this part of the world. The English translation of the second book in this series -- which is to produce a new volume every two years -- is nearly complete. However, continuation of the series in translation is contingent to an extent on how many copies sell, and the amount of positive feedback we get from readers.
 

To that end, we are hoping that the book generates a large amount of positive feedback and constructive criticism. Readers should tell us what they want to know about Asia, and how they want the information presented. Which parts of the book should be kept the same, and which parts changed? What should be added and what should be left out? To the greatest possible extent, feedback will be incorporated into future editions. Readers who want to help make the next version better can direct their comments to the addresses given in the book.
 


The second book in the series:

The State of the Environment in Asia 1999/2000

(Japan Environmental Council, ed.)

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Tokyo

ISBN Soft cover 4-431-70345-4

Interview with one of the editors.



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The third book in the series:

The State of the Environment in Asia 2005/2006

(Japan Environmental Council, ed.)

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Tokyo

ISBN Soft cover 4-431-25028-X




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Translation of the fourth book has been completed, and it is now in the editing stage. Plans call for publication early in 2009.