Earth Under Siege : From Air Pollution to Global Change
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.
- Paperback | 552 pages
- 190.5 x 251.46 x 25.4mm | 997.9g
- 21 Feb 2002
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 2nd Revised edition
- numerous figures & halftones
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
"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.
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.