Washington International Law Journal


The articles in this volume were originally developed for a Conference on Environmental Law and Policy held at the National Sun Yatsen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China, in March of 1993. It was attended by experts from the U.S., the Republic of China, and elsewhere. The whirlwind tour, the quick study, and the short conference is not always a reliable way to acquire or communicate information. But it is tempting to draw a few conclusions when you think you have seen it all before. The experience in Taiwan has taught me that the diversity of the world's pollution problems is greatly overrated. Deforestation is deforestation whether it occurs in Oregon, Taiwan, Brazil, or Indonesia. The patterns of ecological and social effects are similar from one context to the next. As elsewhere, Taiwan's rivers are starved for oxygen, its air is choked with ozone, and its waste disposal systems are swamped by the products of one of the most dense concentrations of human population on the globe.

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