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This superb and highly-acclaimed dictionary includes over 4000 in-depth entries on scientific and technical terminology associated with environmental protection and resource management. In addition, it contains numerous illustrations, a wide range of international case studies and extensive cross-references to guide the reader. The new edition will be a major update with 30% new material, additional illustrations and a greatly expanded list of relevant web resources.

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Editorial Reviews

Four thousand entries with cross-referencing and occasional illustrations contribute to literacy in ecology, that science at the intersections not only of plants, animals, and elements, but at the crossroads of cultural pursuits such as chemistry, economics, engineering, politics, and sociology. While this dictionary makes a respectable attempt to cover all this ground, the reference work is best suited for the scientist, for the simple reason that technical information abounds. For example, in the long definition for there is this: "1988 figures for dioxin emissions from Swedish incineration plants (measured as TCDD equivalents) showed 0.5-2 ng/m3 of dry flue gas," such a quote being more the norm than the exception. The volume comes from a British perspective as can be seen in the appendix of environmental organizations, the majority in the UK, and such definitions as that of (HMIP), the British version of EPA (not included). Porteous is Professor of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technology at the Open University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"It is forecast to continue as an indispensable reference." (Pollution, September 2000)

" the literary equivalent of a brain transplant." (Environment Business, November 2000)

"I shall certainly add it to the reference books I have on my desk ..." (Ecotoxicology, 2001)

"this is a good buy." (The Holocene, Vol 11/3, 2001)

"The items are easy and pleasant to read" (International Jnl of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol.80 No.298, 2001)

"extremely useful and excellent value for money" (Int. Jnl. of Environmental Studies, Vol.58, 2001) 

"...Porteous' book will contribute to better understanding and protection of world's environment..." (Photosynthetica, Vol.40, No.2, 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470061947
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 826
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Porteous has now retired from the Open University where, in 1975, he founded the Environmental Engineering Programme. He has published numerous books and papers and still maintains a high profile within the fields of  Waste Management, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering furthering his lifelong mission of practical resource conversation.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Fourth Edition.

Preface to Third Edition.

Preface to Second Edition.





The Dictionary.

Appendix I Pollution and the environment-organizations.

Appendix II The Periodic Table.

Table of Chemical Elements.

Appendix III Table of prefixes for SI units.

Appendix IV Conversion table for SI and British units.

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