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Understanding Environmental Pollution

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521518666

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  • 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 thirty percent 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.

    • Non-technical language encourages greater understanding of sometimes complex issues
    • 'Delving Deeper' exercises throughout enable students to apply their learning
    • Introduces toxicology and risk assessment, assisting students in understanding why chemicals are of concern and how they are regulated
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… 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

    '… clear and well organised.' Waste Planning

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

    '… It is a brave author who is prepared to tackle such a diverse subject but past success and a ready market are reflected in the fact that this is a third edition … Overall, this is 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.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521518666
    • length: 602 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.25kg
    • contains: 105 b/w illus. 55 tables 30 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Understanding pollution
    2. Reducing pollution
    3. Chemical toxicity
    4. Chemical exposures and risk assessment
    5. Ambient air pollution
    6. Acid deposition
    7. Global warming
    8. Stratospheric ozone depletion
    9. Water pollution
    10. Drinking water
    11. Solid waste
    12. Hazardous waste
    13. Energy
    14. Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic
    15. Metals
    16. Pesticides
    17. Pollution at home
    18. Zero waste, zero emissions
    19. Chemistry - basic concepts

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    Marquita K. Hill, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    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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