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By K.-H. Narjes (auth.), P. Mathy (eds.)

In the concluding consultation of the symposium "Acid Deposition, a problem for Europe" held in Karlsruhe in September 1983, Dr. GINJAAR, the previous Minister of overall healthiness and Environmental defense of the Netherlands, emphasized the necessity for constructing a concerted study programme together with the results of pollution on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The Council of Ministers of the eu group in 1984 followed a revision of the third neighborhood Programme on setting comprising agreement examine and concerted motion within the box of the consequences of pollution in eco­ structures. those study components have been additionally brought within the 4th R-D neighborhood Programme on surroundings, followed through the Council of Ministers in 1986 and are topic back to agreement examine and concerted motion. The fee of the ecu group is especially involved to extend the effectiveness of researcn initiatives conducted in the nationwide programmes, and people undertaken on the neighborhood point. The fee has a tendency to improve an built-in clinical method, together with not just the physico-chemical behaviour, the delivery and the deposition of airborne pollution but in addition the results of those toxins, particularly on dwelling organisms and ecosystems. in regards to the categorical factor of the results, the fee is attempting to boost and boost a multi-disciplinary method associating biologists, pathologists, eco­ physiologists, and experts of soil sciences, in the concerted motion, in addition to inside of coordinated study projects.

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La reduction de la pollution automobile y contribuera, mais nous devons aussi agir vis-a-vis des sources fixes: d'ores et deja j'ai pris des decisions visant a reduire l'evaporation dans les stockages d'hydrocarbures. Prochainement, des mesures seront prises dans les secteurs de la peinture automobile et du prelaquage. Des reglementations sont egalement a l'etude pour d'autres activites comme l'imprimerie. Je souhaiterais, d'ailleurs, que la Communaute Europeenne envisage de mener des actions dans ce domaine des sources fixes d'hydrocarbures.

Never before in their evolutionary history have the natural and managed ecosystems of North America and Europe been "fed from above" to the extent that they are today! Under these new conditions of continuing change in the chemical climate, additional pressures for further adaptation of plants, animals, and microorganisms are applied and have their influences within terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. At present we have only limited experience and even less scientific evidence with which to identify regions where the rates of continuing change in the chemical climate are within the elastic limits of ecosystem resiliency and adaptability and where these rates of change will exceed those limits.

These natural ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic, come as a gift from the evolutionary history of our planet. When human beings first appeared on the earth and the process of civilization began, our collective impacts on the processes of natural selection and evolution were hardly perceptible. But as we increased in numbers and particularly after we learned to: -- harness the energy stored in fossil fuels, and -- apply this energy to the processes of urbanization, industrialization, and intensive agriculture and forestry, our collective impacts on the processes of natural selection Most and evolution became progressively more impressive.

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