As the world's resources continue to suffer from overuse and the effects of human activity, understanding the causes and effects of pollution is critical to preserving the land, water, and air that are vital to all life. This insightful volume explores the root causes of pollution, as well as the local and global responses and constantly emerging technologies that allow governments and ordinary citizens to cope with an increasingly toxic environment and landscape.
The 21st Century Science series offers broad overviews of modern scientific fields full of innumerable details. New Thinking about Pollution is a thorough reference manual. More practical than research-based, it begins with a simple, eloquent definition: "Environmental pollution is the addition of any substance... or any form of energy... to the environment at a rate faster than it can be dispersed, diluted, decomposed, recycled, or stored in some harmless form." The author spends the rest of the volume expounding on types of pollution and how humans attempt to mitigate them (graphics of landfills, cyclone scrubbers, and sewage systems complement paragraphs of text explaining how technology tries to clean air, water, and land). ." This volume does a good job explaining the latest scientific understandings without talking down to the reader. (21st Century Science) Reviewer: Marilyn Brien