By Kevin Hillstrom

A concise but thorough evaluation of the environmental matters, difficulties, and controversies dealing with the world's greatest and such a lot populous continent―Asia.

• fascinating sidebar articles, tables and figures, and photographs

• assessment maps of the continent and a list of environment-related companies at the Internet

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Rep. of18210Japan12710Ethiopia17311Mexico10211Mexico15112Germany8212Philippines14613Philippines8013Vietnam11714Vietnam8014Egypt11515Egypt7115Russia102source: Population Reference Bureau. pdf. of pesticides and fertilizers. All of these problems will have to be effectively addressed if the nations of Asia hope to maintain their recent progress in improving the lives of their peoples. 45 billion. 55 billion people in South and Southwest Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Turkey); and 219 million people in North and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).

Tangley. 1997. The Last Frontier Forests: Ecosystems and Economies on the Edge, Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Wood, Alexander, Pamela Stedman-Edwards, and Johanna Mang, eds. The Root Causes of Biodiversity Loss. 2000. London: Earthscan. World Wildlife Fund. 1999. Living Planet Report 1999. WWF. Page 13 more than 5 million residents. Of those 34 cities, which collectively accounted for about 15 percent of the world’s urban population, more than half—18—were located in Asia. Moreover, Asia was home to 7 of the world’s 12 so-called mega-cities—those with 10 million or more inhabitants—in 1990, including the largest, Tokyo (Hardoy et al.

Coverage of other nations that straddle continental boundaries—such as the countries of the Caucasus region—are also concentrated in one volume, though references to some nations may appear elsewhere in the series. Following is an internal breakdown of the volume-by-volume coverage for The World’s Environments. This is followed in turn by two overview maps for the current volume, one showing country locations and key cities and the other indicating physical features. Page xiii Africa and the Middle East Middle East and North Africa: Algeria Bahrain Cyprus Egypt Gaza Iraq Israel Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Morocco Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia Syrian Arab Republic Tunisia Turkey United Arab Emirates West Bank Yemen Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of (Zaire) Côte d’Ivoire Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe Asia Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan Page xiv Bangladesh Bhutan Cambodia China Georgia India Indonesia Iran Japan Kazakhstan Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea, Republic of (South) Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal Pakistan Philippines Singapore Sri Lanka Tajikistan Thailand Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Vietnam Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica Australia Cook Islands Fiji French Polynesia Guam Kiribati Nauru New Caledonia Northern Mariana Islands Marshall Islands Federated States of Micronesia New Guinea New Zealand Palau Papua New Guinea Pitcairn Island Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Wallis and Futuna Various territories (Note: Antarctica is discussed in a stand-alone chapter) Europe Albania Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Page xv Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Republic of Macedonia Moldova Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russian Federation Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Ukraine United Kingdom Yugoslavia Latin America and the Caribbean Argentina Belize Bolivia Brazil Caribbean territories Chile Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Uruguay Venezuela North America Canada United States Page xvi Page xvii This page intentionally left blank Page xviii Page xix This page intentionally left blank Page xx This page intentionally left blank Page xxi Acknowledgments The authors are indebted to many members of the ABC-CLIO family for their fine work on this series.

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