Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Environmental Change

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Environmental Change

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Encyclopedia of Environmental Change. Ed. by John A. Matthews. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 3 vols. $475 (ISBN: 978-1-4462-4711-2).

To understand the science of global warming and related climate changes, one must first understand the scientific terms and concepts that are used in the academic literature and are increasingly found in the general and social media as the effects of environmental change are more widely acknowledged and discussed throughout society. Therefore, information seekers will be turning to their libraries for the current and valid resources on environmental science that will explain terms like biological magnification, oceanicity, or virtual water so that they can understand how these concepts affect them, their communities, and the earth as a whole.

In Encyclopedia of Environmental Change, editor in chief, John A. Matthews has gathered approximately 130 scientists and academic writers to create a three-volume work of four thousand entries. This new reference title is the revised and expanded edition of Mattthews' 2001 work, The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change, and he indicates in the preface that "previous entries have been updated thoroughly, expanding many and creating > 800 new entries to cover new developments, removing or consolidating a few entries ... and increasing the number of figures and tables" (xlvi). …

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