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Managing Multimedia Pollution for a Multimedia World
BABENDREIER, J. E., L. S. MATOTT, J. Hameedi, R. L. DENNIS, C. D. KNIGHTES, R. MATHUR, Y. M. MOHAMOUD, J. M. JOHNSTON, C. C. WEST, G. F. LANIAK, N. GABER, P. PASCUAL, AND R. ARAUJO. Managing Multimedia Pollution for a Multimedia World. EM: AIR AND WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION'S MAGAZINE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS. Air & Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA, , 6-11, (2007).
The major story-line of discussion in this article series is that if we are going to be successful in improving upon the use and sustainability of the Earth’s resources for future generations, we must necessarily increase cooperation with each other at the political, science, and technology interfaces of our existing institutions. The operative words are multimedia, integration, and adaptation. This paper reflects upon several aspects of how this is already taking place to deal with compelling, contemporary environmental management issues.
Through modest attention to the information highway we ride upon each day, we are increasingly aware of the intent, actions, and reactions of local, state and Federal governments, regional compacts, and international organizations to protect the quality of the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we (and our pets) eat. Just as with the globalization of our economy, these scales of government interact in many ways, each from its own vantage point, to optimally manage or otherwise influence critical aspects of our multimedia world. As one example, we are currently witnessing a proliferation of resolutions and actions affirming county government support for addressing climate change. On the other end of the spectrum, most citizens are familiar with the successes of the international effort to control chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer of 1987. Exemplifying an inherently adaptive science-based approach, the treaty has been amended five times to reflect an updated base of knowledge and data on causes and effects of ozone depletion.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY
ECOSYSTEMS RESEARCH DIVISION
REGULATORY SUPPORT BRANCH