Environmental Engineering Studies

Polish Research on the Way to the EU

  • Lucjan Pawłowski
  • Marzenna R. Dudzińska
  • Artur Pawłowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pollutant Path-Ways & Modelling

  3. Water Management & Wastewater Treatment

About these proceedings

Introduction

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING IN THE mSTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Lucjan Pawlowski Information bombarding the nowdays Man may suggest that the world is on the way to an ecological catastrophe. I do not disregard the dangers we are facing now, but I would like to remind that since the beginning ofexistence Man has been facing numerous threats of an ecological character. First, they were caused by natural phenomena, such as huge forest fires, floods, earth quakes, and later on, caused by the development ofour civilisation, Man who was becoming more and more powerful in his abilities started creating new, anthropogenic threats. We may look pessimistically at the development of our civilisation, having in mind the catastrophes caused by Man's activity; we may also look at the examples showing the development of knowledge and the skills derived from it, which enable the elimination ofthreats and, at the same time making Man's life richer. It is not possible to make an in-depth analysis of the phenomena mentioned above in a short opening speech of the Congress. Nevertheless, I would like to share with you an optimistic reflection. I think that we can observe two trends in the development of our civilisation - good alternates with evil, environmental threats with the hope for their overcoming, and events swing to both sides like a pendulum in a clock.

Keywords

air pollution atmosphere biodiversity biomass development emission environment environmental engineering industry ozone pollution production sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucjan Pawłowski
    • 1
  • Marzenna R. Dudzińska
    • 1
  • Artur Pawłowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Protection EngineeringLublin University of TechnologyLublinPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8949-9
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4732-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8949-9
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