Understanding Environmental Pollution / Edition 3

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Overview

The third edition of this well-received textbook delivers a concise overview of global and individual environmental pollution for undergraduate courses, presenting students with the tools to assess environmental issues. With more than 30% new material, Hill assesses pollution from an international perspective, including air and water pollution, global warming, energy, solid and hazardous waste, and pollution at home. Both the sources and impacts of pollution are addressed, as well as governmental, corporate, and personal responsibility for pollution, and pollution prevention is emphasized throughout. Non-technical language encourages greater understanding of these often complex issues, and thought-provoking 'Delving Deeper' exercises are included, increasing engagement with the text and enabling students to apply what they have learned. A new chapter on the chemistry basics of pollution links to sections on toxicology and risk assessment, helping students understand concerns over chemicals and their regulation. An essential review of environmental pollution for environmental science students.

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Editorial Reviews

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"… provides a thorough background to pollution, from global issues to personal pollution in the home … an excellent introduction to the subject, providing the right information to enable students to evaluate environmental problems for themselves."
Environmental Assessment Magazine

"… a clear and well organised US-based text."
Waste Planning

" … this book forms a very useful introduction to pollution problems, and would also suit a more general readership, including members of the public with an interest in pollution matters."
Marine Pollution Bulletin

"There is a wealth of statistical information given, and jargon is either studiously avoided or fully explained. … this is a useful 'primer' for students and interested members of the public."
Journal of Biological Education

"Overall this a tour de force which marshals a huge volume of information in its 585 pages; this renders it a valuable teaching aid which is its primary aim and there are few competitors. It contains numerous graphs and diagrams, some photographs, is good on definitions, chapter-by-chapter further reading and internet resources as well as in-chapter questions to prompt enquiry. Any teacher/lecturer of pollution and related issues will find this book an asset."
Antoinette Mannion, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

"A useful work for introducing concepts of environmental science and pollution management. Recommended." CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521736695
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 602
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marquita Hill is currently Adjunct Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Formerly of the University of Maine, she developed a number of environmental courses during her time there, including 'Issues in Environmental Pollution', an interdisciplinary introductory course. For seven years she was a visiting scholar in Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and was a founding member and first president of the Green Campus Consortium, an organization devoted to finding sustainable means of management for the state's higher-education institutions.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations and acronyms

1 Understanding pollution 1

2 Reducing risk, reducing pollution 34

3 Chemical toxicity 57

4 Chemical exposures and risk assessment 89

5 Air pollution 117

6 Acid deposition 155

7 Global climate change 170

8 Stratospheric ozone depletion 213

9 Water pollution 236

10 Drinking-water pollution 286

11 Solid waste 311

12 Hazardous waste 348

13 Energy 374

14 Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic 410

15 Metals 425

16 Pesticides 456

17 Pollution at home 483

18 Zero waste, zero emissions 511

19 Chemistry: some basic concepts 539

Index 562

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