Basics of Environmental Science (second edition)

Routledge, London and New York

Basics of Environmental Science
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This is an introductory text for students thinking of enrolling on courses in some aspect of environmental science or who need some general background knowledge of environmental science for course in other subjects. But the book is more than that. Anyone interested in the environment, environmental problems, and the way our ideas about the environment have changed over the years will find answers in Basics.
After an introduction outlining the history of our attitude to the natural world, the book divides the subject into five sections. Two of these deal with the physical environment and physical resources, two with the biosphere and biological resources, and the final section discusses environmental management.
Not all readers will have a scientific background, so the language is non-technical. Where technical terms are used they are clearly defined and there is a short glossary.
Basics of Environmental Science contains 323 pages, including the references and index. It is illustrated with diagrams.

"This is a helpful introductory text for younger students, as well as general readers without a scientific educations, who need a more detailed scientific background to environmental issues."
John C. Bowman, Biologist.

"... a well-packed compendium of information, covering issues from the development of bogs to the operation of a blast furnace, both important in understanding our environment."
Peter D. Moore, New Scientist.

"... Allaby is to be commended for producing a very readable up-to-date introduction to the major disciplines comprising environmental science. It is a book that should appeal to all readers wishing to gain a background in environmental science - particularly to those contemplating or starting undergraduate study in this field. It should also be helpful to non-scientists working in environmental organizations who wish to gain a scientific grounding without being swamped by scientific theories and principles."
Jonathan Horner, The Geographical Journal.