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Human-Induced Degradation in Slovenia

  • Aleš SmrekarEmail author
  • Mateja Breg Valjavec
  • Katarina Polajnar Horvat
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Abstract

Environmental degradation in Slovenia is largely the result of past unsustainable use of natural resources (mineral raw materials, including coal) and the pollution of urban air, soil, and vegetation (forests) caused by the processing industry, which reduced the quality of life. Selected cases are used to present various types of degraded areas in Slovenia distinguished by the type of degraded environmental components, the extent and intensity of degradation, and the method and success of remediation. Jesenice is a restructured old industrial town in a narrow valley polluted with sulfur oxides and solid particles. Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, is limiting road traffic emissions by closing the city center and promoting sustainable modes of transport. Other cases presented include the minor remediation of zinc-contaminated soil around the Celje zinc works, and the conversion of coalmine subsidence areas for recreational use and the development of secondary habitats in Velenje. Also presented is the positive response by Trbovlje residents gathered around an NGO to the negative environmental impact caused by the co-incineration of waste at the local cement works.

Keywords

Environmental protection Environmental degradation Air pollution Mining degradation Soil pollution Public awareness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleš Smrekar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mateja Breg Valjavec
    • 1
  • Katarina Polajnar Horvat
    • 1
  1. 1.ZRC SAZU Anton Melik Geographical InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia

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