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

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



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Central Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Central Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Central Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Clarence Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Clarence Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Clarence Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Audubon Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Audubon Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Audubon Library GE10 .E52 2000 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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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.

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Booklist Review

Environmental issues are among the most important and controversial of our time. The complexities of the ecology, economics, politics, and physics of such issues make them difficult to grasp and hard to solve. Allin, the general editor of this set, previously edited Salem's well-received Natural Resources [RBB S 1 98]. With a focus on the U.S., this new resource aims to give a comprehensive overview of the issues, people, and history of environmental concerns. The general tone is dry and neutral, as the editors have clearly tried to avoid taking sides on controversial issues. The 475 signed entries are arranged alphabetically and range in length from 500 to 3,000 words. Topics range from specific events, hazards, individuals, legislation, places, organizations, and so on to broader concepts. Each entry begins with a brief summary and is followed by an annotated list of suggested readings. All entries are classified into one of 19 categories (such as "Animals and Endangered Species" and "Land and Land Use"), and a list of the entries by category is provided. The alphabetical table of contents in each volume covers that volume only, while the list of entries by category is repeated in its entirety in each volume. The appendixes in volume three include a time line of "Milestones in Modern Environmentalism" from 1862 to 1998, a directory of environmental organizations (including addresses and phone numbers but not URLs), a directory of U.S. National Parks (including only addresses), an extensive glossary of terms, a bibliography of recent works in each of the 19 categories, and a valuable index to the entire work. Readers looking for an international perspective will be disappointed. The U.S.'s impact is often exaggerated, and discussion of the environment in other countries is generally not in-depth. For example, Nuclear power goes into detail about the regulatory environment and public opinion in the U.S. but offers no similar information about other countries. The editors have tried to address each concept independently. This atomistic approach, although practical, means that the essays often fail to make explicit connections between various environmental conditions; such connections are left for the reader to find through cross-references. There is no mention of water policies in Grazing; however, much of the environmental impact of grazing in the western U.S. is related to water consumption and damage to riparian areas. The cross-reference to Range management picks up some of the pieces. This set provides a decent overview of the issues and will be useful to readers from high school and up. The tone and treatment are probably not deep and critical enough to be of great use in large academic collections. Recommended for school and public libraries.

Library Journal Review

This three-volume set culls information from fields relevant to the study of environmental issues, such as biology, geology, genetics, demographics, and anthropology. Written by experts and ranging in length from 500 to 2000 words, the 475 alphabetically arranged articles assembled by editor Allin (Cornell Univ.) cover a wide variety of topics, including air pollution, national parks, organizations, solar power, and legislation, as well as manmade environmental issues (e.g., sick building syndrome, smog, and asbestos) and significant events (e.g., the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Dust Bowl, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident). All the articles are signed, cross referenced, and illustrated with photographs, charts, tables, and graphs, and those longer than 1000 words include bibliographies. Volume 3 includes a time line of milestones in modern environmentalism, directories of environmental organizations and national parks, a glossary, and a bibliography. This work, along with Natural Resources (LJ 8/98), is an excellent overview of the natural world and its endangered resources. Recommended for all libraries.--Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. 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

As information proliferates, it is increasingly important that sources which summarize and synthesize, like this unique set, be produced. It provides a fine starting point for more than 450 environmental issues, persons, events, and topics in the context of larger issues. Each volume has an alphabetical contents list for that volume and a complete list of articles by category for the set. There are 18 categories, agriculture and food through weather and climate. A category may include articles about issues, people, places, concepts, events, diseases, legislation, history, organizations, products, chemicals, etc. Volume 3 also has a time line of modern environmentalism (1862-1998), a directory of environmental organizations, a directory of US national parks, a 19-page glossary, a seven-page bibliography of selected recent works on the broad categories, and an index. Entries vary in length from half a page to eight pages; most are one to three. Each is signed and begins with a category designation and a brief definition, position statement, or rationale. The breadth of coverage is exemplified by three successive entries: genetically engineered pharmaceuticals, geothermal energy, and Euell Gibbons. I^See also notes accompany most entries and many have suggested readings. Recommended for academic, special, and public libraries. L. L. Scarth; Mount Mercy College

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