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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1996
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL TEXT BOOKS
Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change, R.C.J.
Somerville, 216 pp., 1996, $21.95 (Univ. Calif.).
Intended to give the public a comprehensive, up-to-date
scientific guide to global change, stressing the "importance
of an educated public in a world where the role of science is
increasingly critical." Topics include the ozone hole, the
greenhouse effect, computing weather and climate, reacting to
climate change, global change causes and remedies, air pollution
and acid rain.
P.J. Crutzen reviews the book in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.
(pp. 2112-2114, Sep. 1996), highly recommending it as remarkable
and well written. The subject matter is presented with the power
of a clearly written text without any mathematical formulas and
only a few chemical reactions or figures. The book also addresses
social issues such as the overuse of the Earth's resources by
industrial countries and the dilemma of providing a higher
standard of living to developing countries without exerting major
pressures on climate.
Under SiegeFrom Air Pollution to Global Change, R.P.
Turco, 480 pp., 1996, $50 hbk./$21.95 pbk. (Oxford).
Based on the author's undergraduate university course, this
text introduces the non-science major to how the physical
environment functions and why human activities affect it.
Provides sufficient supporting details to hold the interest of
science majors. Covers local and regional problems as well as the
global issues of stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change,
greenhouse warming and global environmental engineering.
of Environmental Science, M. Allaby, 297 pp., 1996, $65
hbk./$17.95 pbk. (Routledge).
Presents an introduction for the nonscientist to the
scientific study of environments, and shows how the popular
perception of environmental issues diverges from the scientific
evaluation, suggesting that concern with the environment has a
history that is partly linked to our economic well being. Major
sections cover earth sciences, physical resources, the biosphere,
biological resources, and environmental management.
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, J.E. Andrews, P.
Brimblecombe et al., 232 pp., 1996, $26.95 pbk. (Blackwell).
An introductory undergraduate text that applies environmental
chemistry to the atmosphere, surface waters and the oceans, and
rocks. A final chapter covers the carbon cycle, carbon dioxide
and the greenhouse effect, the sulfur cycle, and
chlorofluorocarbons and ozone. Reviewed by E.K. Berner in Bull.
Amer. Meteor. Soc. (pp. 2744-2745, Nov. 1966), who is
generally positive about the text, noting that it is well
written. Reviewed by D. Shooter in Atmos. Environ. (31(2),
311, 1997), who calls it a benchmark introductory text, that
focuses well on the key chemical features of the environment
while providing breadth and clarity and an overview of the
chemistry on and in planet Earth.
and the Biosphere: Principles and Problems, S. La Bonde
Hanks, 170 pp., 1996, $29.95 (St. Lucie).
A concise text for non-scientists designed to help individuals
make connections to their own lives and businesses. Problems
addressed include global warming, loss of tropical rain forests
and temperate forests, ozone depletion and acid rain. Relates
topics to business life and provides extensive real-life
and Our Endangered Life-Support Systems, 3rd Ed., E.P. Odum,
330 pp., 1996, £17.95 (Sinauer Assoc.).
Considered a citizen's guide to the principles of modern
ecology as they relate to today's threat to Earth's life support
systems. Stresses the relevance of these concepts to human
affairs and the need for long-term solutions to environmental
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