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Assessing of Scientific Inquiry Skills Achieved by Future Biology Teachers

11165-012-9292-3. [12] Shahali EH, Halim L, Treagust DF, Won M, Chandrasegaran AL. Primary school teachers’ understanding of science process skills in relation to their teaching qualifications and teaching experience. Res Sci Educ. 2017;47:257-281. DOI: 10.1007/s11165-015-9500-z. [13] Gormally C, Brickman P, Lutz M. Developing a Test of Scientific Literacy Skills (TOSLS): measuring undergraduates’ evaluation of scientific information and arguments. CBE-Life Sci Educ. 2012;11:364-377. DOI: 10.1187/cbe.12-03-0026. [14] Wenning CJ. Assessing nature

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The Impact of Waste Incineration on Human Beings and The Environment


The article discusses issues related to the impact of incineration on human health and the environment. The aim of the work is to make a broad overview of the existing literature in this area. The problem was described in the literature based on a number of waste incineration plants studies in both Europe and all around the world. Subjects analyzed in the literature were risks at workplace, both administrative ones and directly related to the process of thermal treatment of waste. These risks result among others from the atmospheric emissions of many pollutants, including most of all polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans, heavy metals and some volatile organic compounds. The results of these studies will be an important argument in the discussion on the possible risks to humans and the environment posed by waste incineration plants and the expediency of building waste incinerators in Poland.

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Managerial Tools for Sustainable Development


In the last decade, complex statistical studies related to top managerial tools proven to impact the most the performances of business companies show the following (changing) hierarchy (excerpts):

- Strategic Planning;

- Customer Relationship Management;

- Employee Engagement Survey;

- Corporate Social Responsibility;

- Balanced Scorecard.

These tools are, practically, unknown to the majority of companies with Romanian capital. This cannot go on like that. The main argument comes from the conditions in which these companies act, from increasing challenges from similar EU companies, from globalization and from increased awareness for sustainable development. The paper tries to identify a common mainframe for implementing such tools. Specific aspects are also given as examples.

Main conclusions are:

1. Even in a general mainframe, there is no unique approach applicable to all companies;

2. Involvement of top managers is essential;

3. The appointed implementation team is multidisciplinary in every case (technical experts, economists, environmentalists, mathematicians, IT professionals, etc.). Their legitimacy gives consistence and coherence to the implementing process;

4. An external, neutral facilitator is a must. He is the guide, the referee, the one that deals with possible disputes and divergences in the team;

5. All new managerial tools must be based on what companies already have; This paper is the first in a series dedicated to the subject and comes as a side result of the PAZEWAIA Project, financed by Innovation Norway, project currently active in the North-East Development Region of Romania.

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Geostatistical Methods in Water Distribution Network Design - A Case Study

settleability process in wastewater treatment plant. Ecol Chem Eng S. 2017;24(1):119-127. DOI: 10.1515/eces-2017-0009. [19] Miller T, Poleszczuk G. Prediction of the seasonal changes of the chloride concentrations in urban water reservoir. Ecol Chem Eng S. 2017;24(4):595-611. DOI: 10.1515/eces-2017-0039. [20] Chai T, Draxler R. Root mean square error (RMSE) or mean absolute error (MAE)? - Arguments against avoiding RMSE in the literature. Geosci Model Dev. 2014;7:1247-1250. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-7-1247-2014. [21] Zeng W, Lei G, Zhang H, Hong M, Xu C, Wu J, et al

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Estimation of benefits from the actual use of inland water ecosystem services in the Slovak Republic

životního prostředí UJEP. Schröter, M., Van der Zanden, E., Van Oudenhoven, A.P.E., Remme, R.P., Serna-Chavez, H.M., de Groot, R.S. & Opdam P. (2014). Ecosystem services as a contested concept: A synthesis of critique and counter-arguments. Conservation Letters , 7(6), 514−523. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12091. Stern P.C. (2000). Psychology and the science of human-environment interactions. American Psychologist , 55, 523−530. DOI: 10.1037/0003-066X.55.5.523. Vlachopoulou, M., Coughlin, D., Forrow, D., Kirk, S., Logan, P. & Voulvoulis N. (2014). The potential

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25 Years of Sustainability. A Critical Assessment

(3-4):1-5. Petrişor AI (2011a), Spatial principles of conserving biodiversity through natural protected areas [in Romanian], Analele Arhitecturii 6(1):37-39. Petrişor A.-I. (2011b), Systemic theory applied to ecology, geography and spatial planning. Theoretical and methodological developments, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. Petrişor A.-I. (2012a), Land cover and land use analysis of urban growth in Romania, Human Geographies 6(1):47-51. Petrişor A.-I. (2012b), Redefining urban regeneration, Argument 4

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