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Title:
Encyclopedia of environmental pollution and cleanup
Author:
Meyers, Robert A. (Robert Allen), 1936-
Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471316121
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Book

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A concise up-to-date guide to all aspects of environmentalpollution and cleanup.
Human invention and innovation have brought about tremendousimprovements in the quality of life of millions of people aroundthe world today-but progress has its price. Environmental pollutionis rapidly attacking the Earth's ecosphere. While advances havebeen made and new disciplines have emerged to identify, monitor,regulate, and compensate for environmental pollutants, it will takethe combined efforts of numerous specialists to solve the problem.It will also take the efforts of an informed public that, throughits voting and buying habits, has the power to determine whether ornot the threat to our environment can be contained.
This 2-volume encyclopedia provides all readers, regardless ofscientific background or training, with a working knowledge ofcontemporary issues in environmental pollution and cleanup. Basedon Wiley's critically acclaimed, 8-volume Encyclopedia ofEnvironmental Analysis and Remediation, this compact A-to-Zreference features the same breadth and quality of coverage-andclarity of presentation-found in the original. It includes:
* Over 200 self-contained, thoroughly cross-referenced articles onessential aspects of environmental pollution and cleanup.
* Coverage of key topics in hazardous waste, air pollution control,biosphere pollution, health effects, nuclear waste, environmentallaw and regulation, water reclamation, and more.
* Integrated coverage of both legal and policy issues andtechnological and environmental concerns.
* Hundreds of photographs, figures, charts, and tables that helpillustrate major points, explain difficult material, and summarizeimportant data.
* Bibliographic entries keyed to the text that list sources ofadditional information on selected topics.
This book is an ideal reference for high school and collegestudents and a convenient resource for scientists, environmentalconsultants, and anyone who needs clear, reliable, up-to-dateinformation on environmental pollution and cleanup.


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This abridgement of Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation, ed. by Robert A. Meyers (8v., 1998), contains 230 of the original 250 articles but condenses many, making them more descriptive and less analytical. Topics are presented in survey articles written by scholars and expert practitioners, who use the vocabulary of their topic. Technical details are further presented in well-placed and well-designed tables, graphs, and diagrams. The writing is consistently clear and well organized. Access is somewhat diminished by the lack of page ranges for entries in the index, making it impossible to find from the index the most extensive discussion of a topic. More cross-references, in both the index and the body of the encyclopedia, would benefit users; for example, the article "Organic contaminants in fresh water, distribution and fate" does not have an index entry or cross-reference from the terms "fresh water" or "water." The limits of the index make access more difficult for the targeted introductory audience. The extensive, current, and scholarly bibliographies expand the value of these volumes beyond that audience. A. Jensen University of California, Berkeley