Earth under Siege: Air Pollution and Global Change

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In this clear and authoritative text, Richard Turco examines one of the most important problems facing the modern age -- air pollution. Based on his popular course at University of California, Los Angeles, this text, specifically designed for nonscience majors, offers a basic understanding of how the physical environment surrounding us functions and how human activities are affecting it, while presenting sufficient supporting details to hold the interest of science majors. It provides a comprehensive description...
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In this clear and authoritative text, Richard Turco examines one of the most important problems facing the modern age -- air pollution. Based on his popular course at University of California, Los Angeles, this text, specifically designed for nonscience majors, offers a basic understanding of how the physical environment surrounding us functions and how human activities are affecting it, while presenting sufficient supporting details to hold the interest of science majors. It provides a comprehensive description of the atmospheric environment and details the foundation on which the science and policy of atmosphere-related environmental issues are based. Fundamental scientific concepts that determine the scope of a variety of environmental problems are introduced, including the behavior of atmosphere, basic chemical processes in the environment, and the properties of light and heat. Key logical, regional, and global pollution issues are addressed in terms of their implications for society and life. In his survey of local and regional issues--which include indoor air pollution, smog, and acid rain--the author identifies the principal sources and effects of pollutants and discusses the many ways in which people are exposed to environmental toxins. Global environmental issues, such as stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and greenhouse warming are treated in the same context as "global environmental engineering." The physical and chemical principles central to all of these problems are placed in the perspective of real world events, and everyday experiences are used to familiarize students with these principles. Special care has been taken to provide illustrative examples and problems to help students hone their understanding of the concepts and ideas discussed, and to challenge their creative and deductive approaches to all environmental problems, thus requiring more than the rote memorization of facts. An appendix provides a helpful primer to the basic mathematics used throughout the book. Enjoyable, stimulating, and comprehensive, this text is an ideal introduction to environmental sciences for students in the earth and atmospheric sciences, geography, engineering, environmental management and law, and life sciences.
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"Lucky indeed are the students taking Richard Turco's course and using his book Earth Under Siege: From Air Pollution to Global Change. They have an enthusiastic and communicative lecturer who is a true authority in his field and who passionately devotes his efforts to enlightening his students. The passion is evident in the text, but it never interferes with the rigor of the material presented." --American Geophysical Union

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195072877
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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University of California, Los Angeles
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 Air: The Medium of Change 11
3 Basic Physical and Chemical Principles 38
4 The Evolution of Earth 84
5 Sources and Dispersion of Pollutants 111
6 Smog: The Urban Syndrome 136
7 Effects of Exposure to Pollution 183
8 Indoor Air Pollution 223
9 Acid Rain 259
10 Global Biogeochemical Cycles 293
11 The Climate Machine 320
12 Greenhouse Warming 365
13 The Stratospheric Ozone Layer 407
14 Global Environmental Engineering 452
Appendix A Scientific Notation, Units, and Constants 489
Appendix B Demonstrations of Common Natural Phenomena 500
Appendix C Radiation Nomenclature 507
Index 509
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