The Environment Dictionary

The Environment Dictionary

The Environment Dictionary

The Environment Dictionary

Synopsis

The Environment Dictionary provides an essential source of information on all aspects of the environment. It includes all the basic scientific terms and concepts along with socio-economic, cultural, historical and political elements which impact on the environment and provides the interdisciplinary approach required to understand environmental issues worldwide. Designed for a wide range of readers, the dictionary is up-to-date, easy to read and to reference. Selected environmental issues which have particular importance are treated in greater depth through a series of boxed case studies. A wide range of maps and figures illustrate the texts and extensive cross-referencing between entries ensures readers can build on their knowledge.

Excerpt

This volume is designed to accommodate a broad interpretation of the term environmental studies, and to do so incorporates material from a wide range of disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues necessitates the inclusion of topics from physical sciences such as chemistry, physics, geology and biology alongside entries from atmospheric, engineering, earth and soil sciences. Since current environmental issues include a strong human element, entries from geography, demography, politics and economics also have their place. Within these broad groupings, the dictionary includes both technical and simple descriptive topics along with a number of boxed entries which provide an examination of selected current issues in greater depth. Along with a range of references from introductory texts through popular magazines to academic journals, this variety is designed to encourage the widest possible readership. As with any dictionary of this type, however, the nature, disciplinary distribution and depth of the entries will reflect, to a greater or lesser extent, the individual interests and interpretations of the author, which may or may not match exactly those of potential users. Nevertheless, the multifaceted approach, the abundance of cross-references and the reading lists provided will allow readers to develop particular interests and pursue specific topics, both within and outside the dictionary, to the level of complexity they require, or with which they are comfortable.

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