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The Global Environment

The Global Environment

Dag Brune (Editor), Deborah V. Chapman (Editor), Michael Gwynne (Editor), Jozef M. Pacyna (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-61965-8

Jun 2008

1329 pages

Select type: O-Book


These two volumes provide an authoritative overview of all the major environmental topics. Focusing on the current 'state of the art' as well as the examination of future perspectives.
The first volume spotlights the basic sciences and environmental exploitation, exploring issues such as global climates, marine pollution, tourism and the environment, chemical time bombs and the ozone layer. The second volume is devoted to preventitive strategies, technology and management. Recommended techniques for environmental monitoring, waste management, responses to oil spills, ecological engineering are described, as are environmental education and international law. Volume 2 highlights strategies for solving 'man-made' environmental problems.
This reference is addressed to scientists and engineers in industry and in academia, government planners and administrators, political scientists, lawyers and economists and promotes understanding between experts in various disciplines.
Volume 1 -
Basic Sciences, Exploitation and Degradation

1 The Unique Earth
2 World in Environmental Transition

Part 1 -

3 The Water Cycle
4 Climate Modeling and Prediction
5 Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Middle Atmosphere
6 Oceans
7 Ecosystems
8 Geomorphologic Systems and Climates

Part 2 -
Exploitation and Degradation

9 Managing Land-Water Interactions
10 Functions and Degradation of Wetlands
11 Impact and Sustainability of Agriculture
12 Erosion and Land Degradation in Drylands and Mountains
13 Current Human Impacts on Forests
14 Marine and Coastal Sytems
15 Tourism
16 Metals in Society
17 Energy Production
18 Transport and Mobility

Part 3 -
Issues of Concern

19 Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
20 Impacts of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
21 Ozone and Other Photochemical Oxidants
22 Atmospheric Transport and Deposition of Toxic Compounds
23 Lake Acidification
24 Forest Decline and Environmental Stress
25 Computation and Use of Critical Loads
26 The Chemical Elements
27 Organochlorine and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Contaminants
28 Radionuclides
29 Marine Pollution
30 Eutrophication
31 Biodiversity
32 Human Health
33 Urban Air Pollution and Health Effects
34 Urban Air Pollution and the Deterioration of Buildings and Monuments
35 Sound and Noise
36 Wastes

Volume 2 -
Human Interactions, Technology, Restoration, Management and Preventive Strategy

37 Getting the Science Right

Part 4 -
Human Interactions

38 World Population Growth
39 Industrialization and Urbanization
40 Environment and Economics
41 Environment, Conflict and Cooperation
42 Ecophilosophy and Environmental Ethics

Part 5 -
Limitation and Disposal

43 Air Pollution Abatement
44 Emission Control in Road Transport
45 Collection, Treatment and Distribution of Potable Water
46 Wastewater Collection, Treatment, Disposal and Reuse
47 Principles of Waste Management
48 Waste Handling in the City of Stockholm
49 Recycling: Issues and Possibilities
50 Radioactivity and Radioactive Waste
51 Industrial Emission Inventories

Part 6 -
Restoration and Remediation

52 Ecological Engineering
53 Remedial Action Techniques for Contaminated Land
54 Chemical Remediation
55 Conservation
56 Wetland Restoration
57 Oil Spill Response

Part 7 -
Surveillance and Monitoring

58 Global Monitoring and Reporting: A New Paradigm?
59 Assessment and Reporting
60 Modern Environmental Monitoring and Information Systems
61 Information for Decision-Making and Public Awareness
62 Geographic Information Systems
63 Models and Decision Support Systems
64 Monitoring Environmental Parameters in the Upper Atmosphere
65 Monitoring and Surveillance of Oceans
66 Harmonization
67 Keeping an Eye on Nature: Example of Integrated Monitoring

Part 8 -
Regulation, Management and Preventative Strategy

68 International Law and Conventions
69 Regional Legal Agreements
70 Legal, Economic and Administrative Instruments
71 Environmental Education
72 Material Flow Accounting and Life Cycle Assessment
73 Environmental Impact Assessment
74 Sustainable Development
75 Sustainable Urban Lifestyle
76 Vision of the Future Society
77 Risk Assessment and Management

"Es ist ein Werk, das jedem, der sich mit globaler Ökologie befaßt, zur Verfügung stehen sollte."

Bernhard Verbeek, Entomologia Generalis,
Vol. 27, No. 3-4, 2005