Earth Under Siege

Earth Under Siege : From Air Pollution to Global Change

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This second edition of Richard Turco's successful book, Earth Under Siege, provides a basic understanding of how our physical environment functions and how human activities affect it. Intended to educate the lay person-especially the policy makers, business administrators, and political leaders of the future-about some of the most pressing problems facing our modern world, this important book effectively describes the realities of environmental pollution and global change. It provides a comprehensive description of the natural environment and builds a foundation on which the science and policy of current environmental issues can be understood, including key local, regional, and global issues and their implications for society and human life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 190.5 x 251.46 x 25.4mm | 997.9g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous figures & halftones
  • 0195142748
  • 9780195142747

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; Part I: Fundamentals ; 2. Air - the medium of change ; 3. Basic Physical and chemical principles ; 4. The evolution of earth ; Part II: Local and regional pollution issues ; 5. Sources and dispersion of pollutants ; 6. Smog: the urban syndrome ; 7. Effects of exposure to pollution ; 8. Indoor air pollution ; 9. Acid rain ; Part III: Global-scale pollution issues ; 10. Global biogeochemical cycles ; 11. The climate machine ; 12. Greenhouse warming ; 13. The stratospheric ozone layer ; 14. Global environmental engineering ; Appendix A. Scientific notation, units, and constants ; Appendix B. Demonstrations of common natural phenomena ; Appendix C. Radiation nomenclature ; Index
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Review quote

"This reader-friendly book examines in some depth one of the most important problems facing our modern technological age - air pollution...The text offers a comprehensive description of environment systems, providing a basic understanding of how the world around us works and how human activities affect it". International Journal of Environmental Studies, March 2003.
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About Richard P. Turco

Richard P. Turco is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment.
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