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Title:
Encyclopedia of environmental issues
Author:
Allin, Craig W. (Craig Willard)
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations, map ; 27 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. Abbey, Edward-Environmental impact statements and assessments -- v. 2. Environmental justice and environmental racism-Population growth -- v. 3. Powell, John Wesley-Zoos.
ISBN:
9780893569945

9780893569952

9780893569969

9780893569976
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Book

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Summary

This encyclopaedia assembles information from fields of knowledge relevant to the study of environmental issues such as biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering. It explains their interrelationships in simple terms for non-specialists.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

This updated and expanded edition covers topics pertaining to environmental issues. The content has almost doubled with the addition of 300 new articles to the 470 that appeared in the first edition (2000). In addition, more than 100 of the original articles were revised or replaced. The alphabetically arranged articles range in length from approximately 300 to 3,000 words and offer overviews and biographies, along with coverage of events, books, legislation and international treaties, court cases, and organizations. Many of the articles are accompanied by black-and-white images, including charts, graphs, and photographs. Each volume includes a comprehensive, alphabetical listing of the contents of the set. Each article includes category headings, a short definition of the topic, and a summary of the topic's significance, with dates, when appropriate. All entries are classified into 24 categories, such as Disasters and Forests and Plants, and a category index is provided in volume 4. Articles conclude with a listing of resources for further reading, accompanied by a list of articles on related topics. In the final volume are five appendixes: information on environmental organizations, a biographical dictionary of key people, U.S. federal laws concerning the environment, a directory of U.S. national parks, and a listing of major world national parks and protected areas. Also provided in the final volume are a time line extending from 1824 to 2010, a glossary, and a bibliography. There is a subject index in addition to the aforementioned category index. This set would be useful to general readers and students alike and would be a worthwhile resource for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries. Purchasers receive free online access through Salem Science.--Ostergard, Maren Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Editor Allin (political science, Cornell; Politics of Wilderness) has completely revised the text of this alphabetically arranged work (the first edition was published in 2000). There are 300 additional articles and an additional volume, and some of the original 450 entries have been revised. The selection of articles is wide-ranging: concepts, biographies, disasters, geographic areas, court cases, legislation, and agencies. The titular issues are expressed in the set's topic choices and judicious coverage, especially in the pieces listed in the Category Index under activism and advocacy. The material has a global scope, though Allin and most of the academic contributors are from the United States. Entries are accompanied by further-reading lists, which have been updated but unfortunately still lack website recommendations. As in the previous edition, the many photographs are black and white, but many are now more illustrative. There are new maps; large, new diagrams of land forms such as Major Watersheds of South America; and new drawings of, for instance, the Hydrologic Cycle. Articles are 300-3000 words long, and each opens with a category listing (Energy and Energy Use, Weather and Climate) and an explanation of the item's significance, a novel, valuable addition. There are frequent charts and interesting sidebars. BOTTOM LINE This set will appeal to high school through graduate students and to general readers. Compare carefully with Gale's forthcoming Environmental Encyclopedia (4th ed.).-Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This revision of the 2001 edition continues the original goal of meeting "the ongoing need for up-to-date information on the environment that is accessible to nonspecialists." The set contains 772 alphabetically arranged and signed articles (an increase of more than 300 over the previous edition), varying in length from 300 to 3000 words, and covering a wide range of subjects, figures, and issues from a variety of fields such as biology, geology, anthropology, and government. Specific topics include ecotourism, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, court cases, treaties, and issues such as zoning, light pollution, and ocean dumping. One hundred and twenty-two of the essays from the first edition have been replaced or updated. Each article begins with a header that includes its subject category, a concise definition of the topic, relevant dates, and a brief explanation of the topic's environmental significance. Graphs, charts, maps, sidebars, and black-and-white photographs accompany the entries, and cross references and updated further-reading suggestions close them. The well-written, informative articles are complemented by extensive appendixes, the highlights of the volumes. Their offerings include annotated lists of environmental organizations, a biographical dictionary of key figures in environmentalism, an annotated list of federal laws concerning the environment, a directory of U.S. national parks and of major world national parks and protected areas, and a bibliography organized by topic. This user-friendly update, which comes with complementary access to the Salem Science database, is a worthy addition.-Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This four-volume set revises and expands on the first edition (CH, Sep'00, 38-0032), also edited by Allin. Each volume contains both an alphabetized list of contents for that volume and a complete list of contents for the encyclopedia. Articles have been updated or replaced to reflect new scholarship from the past decade, bringing the total number of articles to 770. Coverage is broad, ranging from aerosols to thermohaline circulation to sick building syndrome. The signed articles, which range in length from 300 to 3,000 words, may be supplemented with photographs, tables, or diagrams. Most feature a "further reading" list and see also notes. Each article is placed in a category, with additional important information, e.g., material on the significance of the topic or a definition of the term, included at the beginning of the article. Categories have increased to 24 overall; they are indexed at the end of the fourth volume to aid researchers. The encyclopedia is supplemented with appendixes that include a listing of environmental organizations, a list of US federal laws concerning the environment, a time line, a glossary, and more. Access to the online database Salem Science is included with print purchase. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. J. K. Oleen Kansas State University