Advancing Quality of Life in a Turbulent World

  • Richard J. Estes

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Regional and National Perspectives on Advancing Quality of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Wolfgang Keck, Peter Krause
      Pages 3-24
    3. Beverley A. Searle
      Pages 25-40
    4. Ljiljana Kaliterna Lipovcan, Zvjezdana Prizmic-Larsen
      Pages 41-52
  3. Advancing Quality of Life in Selected Sectors

  4. Advancing Quality of Life for Selected Population Groups

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-225

About this book

Introduction

Environmentalissuescontinuedtoloomlargeinthelastdecadeofthetwentiethc- tury,especiallyenvironmentalproblemsrelatedtorisinglevelsofCO emissionsand 2 other greenhouse gases on the planet’s average temperatures and, subsequently, storm patterns. Floods and droughts, in combination with unseasonably high and low temperatures became the norm rather than the exception for large expanses of Africa,Asia and Oceania. Even large areas of Europe and NorthAmerica were s- jected to recurrent floods and droughts and experienced unseasonable extremes of hot and cold temperatures associated with man-made intrusions into the natural environment. And,still,aglobalplanofactiontohaltman-relatedpatternsofdef- estation, desertification, and over-fishing of the seas has yet to come into being. At the same time, the number of regional conflicts and civil wars increased and, with them, the lives of many women, children, old people and other n- combatants were lost in these conflicts. Increasingly, regional wars and conflicts had less to do with disputes over land or other natural resources but more with the differing social, political and religious identifications of the people engaged in these conflicts. Warnings of genocide and near-genocide conditions were commonly proclaimed to the world community but, sadly, the planet’s inter- tional security apparatus proved to be largely ineffective in containing many of the worst of these atrocities. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people, ev- tually millions, died while awaiting assistance from the global community to bring an end to their suffering.

Keywords

Nation environment international/comparative quality of life social indicators sociology well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard J. Estes
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & PracticePhiladelphia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5110-4
  • Copyright Information Springer 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-5099-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5110-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
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