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Understanding Environmental Pollution
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: August 2020
  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online ISBN: 9781108395021
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Book description

This undergraduate textbook examines environmental pollution ranging from our homes to the global environment. Completely updated and with over 50% new and rewritten material, this new edition assesses the international scope of pollution, including water, climate change, acidification, energy, solid and hazardous waste, persistent chemicals, and pesticides. The pollutants of current major concern are examined, including plastics and electronic waste. Both the impacts and the sources of pollution are addressed, as well as governmental, corporate, and personal responsibility for pollution. Pollution prevention is emphasized throughout, but students will come to see that prevention is not enough. The text moves on to examine a circular economy with closed-loop systems, where by-products are reused, wastes become raw materials, water is recycled, and energy is recovered from waste energy. Understanding Environmental Pollution engages students with the idea that humanity holds the tools to confronting the daunting pollution issues by considering a circular economy.

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Review of previous edition:‘This book, aimed mainly at students, provides a thorough background to pollution, from global issues to personal pollution in the home … This book provides an excellent introduction to the subject, providing the right information to enable students to evaluate environmental problems for themselves.'

Source: Environmental Assessment Magazine

Review of previous edition:‘… a clear and well organised US-based text.'

Source: Waste Planning

Review of previous edition:‘ … this book forms a very useful introduction to pollution problems, and would also suit a more general readership, including members of the public with an interest in pollution matters.'

Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin

Review of previous edition:'There is a wealth of statistical information given, and jargon is either studiously avoided or fully explained. … this is a useful 'primer' for students and interested members of the public.'

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