Introduction to Environmental Science: Earth and Man provides a comprehensive and fully integrated interdisciplinary introduction to our planet, covering the complex interactions between chemistry, physics, biology, geology, hydrology, climatology, social science and environmental policy. Written in a lively and engaging style, it aims to stimulate interest in this dynamic and important area, and facilitate new ways of thinking about how environmental problems should be critically evaluated and solved.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Chapter 1: A trip through time on planet Earth
Malcolm Cresser & Paul Ayris
Chapter 2: The global cycling and functions of water
Malcolm Cresser & Paul Ayris
Chapter 3: The origins of the atmosphere
Chapter 4: The natural carbon cycle
Chapter 5: The cycling of nitrogen and selected other elements
Chapter 6: Ecology and biodiversity on Earth
Chapter 7: The evolution and functions of soils
Chapter 8: Climate change
Chapter 9: Organic matter in rivers
Chapter 10: James Lovelock, Gaia, and beyond
Chapter 11: Man-made chemicals and the environment
Chapter 12: The production of food & its environmental impacts
Malcolm Cresser & Craig Adams
Chapter 13: Wildlife disease: An emerging problem
Piran White, Monika Böhm & Michael Hutchings
Chapter 14: The use and abuse of water cycling
Malcolm Cresser & Cumhur Aydinalp
Chapter 15: Exploiting the sea for fish
Julie Hawkins & Callum Roberts
Chapter 16: Atmospheric pollution: Deposition and impacts
Chapter 17: How do we quantify biogeochemical cycles?
Chapter 18: Renewable and non-renewable energy
Chapter 19: Soil pollution and abuse
Malcolm Cresser, Sophie Green & Clare Wilson
Chapter 20: Risk assessment and remediation of environmental contamination
Ken Killham & Graeme Paton
Chapter 21: Pollution swapping
Chapter 22: The trouble with man is…..or “what have you damaged today?”
Elena Dawkins & Anne Owen
Chapter 23: The nature and merits of green chemistry
Andrew Hunt and James Clark
Chapter 24: Doing environmental science at the right scale
Chapter 25: Biodiversity: Trends, significance, conservation and management
§ All chapters are written by leading specialists in their field, contributing a wealth of expertise and coverage.
§ A wide range of case studies and examples from around the world are provided to demonstrate how knowledge is applied in practice and emphasise the international dimension to environmental issues.
§ ‘Policy Implications’ boxes at the end of each chapter provide clear guidance on the relevance of environmental knowledge and research to policy makers.
§ Numerous questions and exercises included at the end of each chapter reinforce learning and test understanding of key concepts.
§ Learning outcomes and lead-in questions throughout the chapters focus and engage the reader, encouraging reflection and critical thinking.
§ Hundreds of full-colour photographs and diagrams help present key information visually and bring the text to life.