Similar to Famous First Facts About Sports, this is another Wilson spin-off of Joseph Nathan Kane's classic Famous First Facts (FFF). Compiled by Formica, a reference book producer, the volume lists 4000 entries of international environmental "firsts," using the same subject classification system as FFF. Entries are first listed under a major subject category, such as air pollution, climate and weather, hazardous waste, population growth, and storms, which are then broken down into various subdivisions. For instance, storms has six subdivisions, including hailstorms, hurricanes, and ice storms. Entries are arranged chronologically from 2,700,000,000 B.C.E. (the first verifiable glacial epoch) through 2060 (the year the normal ozone level will return to the stratosphere, if the substances that destroy the ozone are eliminated). Each entry has a four-digit index number that is handy when using the indexes. Almost half the volume is taken up by various indexes, including subject, year, month and day, personal name, and geographical area. Only a handful of entries, such as first national parks, dams, and recorded earthquakes, also appear in the original FFF. As with all FFF titles, librarians will appreciate the tremendous effort required to compile all this data in one convenient and easy-to-use resource. This unique work should be purchased by any size library that needs an account of environmental "firsts."-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
The events in this volume can be found by subject, year, month and day, proper name, and place. The 4,000 facts fall into approximately 180 headings and subheadings which include activist movements, agriculture and horticulture, air pollution, automotive industry, biodiversity, birds, climate, forests, hunting and trapping, noise pollution, solid waste, water pollution, wilderness, and zoos. Places range from the Admiralty Islands to Great Britain and the historical Hispaniola to Singapore. Years span from 2 billion and seven hundred million years ago with the first verifiable glacial epoch, to 2060 when "the normal ozone level will return to the stratosphere." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)