Journal of Environmental Systems
J Environ Syst
Our knowledge of the environmental, energy, and waste problems we face is burgeoning in many individual disciplines. Yet the more we seem to know, the more we realize that the territory of uncertainty is vast: We discover, more and more, the bewildering complexities of environmental systems themselves, and find that they cannot be understood within the confines of individual fields of science and engineering. It becomes ever more evident that environmental problems can be understood only in the context of their social, economic, and regulatory "environments." There are lively, continuing disagreements among environmental professionals as to the basic theories, concepts, methods of analysis, and values that most fruitfully explore environmental issues and systems. The Journal of Environmental Systems publishes articles of interest to working environmental professionals that, whatever the specific topic, in some way illustrate or shed light on these three themes. Articles range from case studies of particular environmental/energy/waste problems or technologies, to assessments of overall system environmental (or cost, risk, energy, etc.) impacts, to broad discussions of issues of theory, methodology, and policy. The emphasis is on practical environmental problems, such as recycling and waste minimization, but approached in ways that also pinpoint underlying theory and foundational issues.
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