This self-contained text offers all the information necessary for readers to understand the topics surrounding environmental science and the chemistry underlying various issues. It provides a foundation in science, chemistry, and toxicology, including the laws of thermodynamics, chemical bonding, and environmental toxins. This text allows readers to delve into environmental topics, such as energy in society, air quality, global atmospheric concerns, water quality, and solid waste management. The arrangement of the book provides instructors flexibility in how they present the material, with the crucial topics being covered first. This third edition had been updated throughout.
- Extensive revision of the discussion questions at the end of each chapter to require more critical thinking skills.
- Updates to the environmental data.
- Includes a glossary of important terms.
- An excellent, user friendly and thought-provoking presentation which will appeal to students with little or no science background.
Table of Contents
Background to the Environmental Problem; The Natural Laws; Underlying Principles of Chemistry; Types of Chemical Compounds and Their Reactions; Element Cycles; Toxicology; Energy and Modern Society; Weather and Climate; Air Pollution; Air Inside; Global Atmospheric Change; Water; Water Pollution; Solid Wastes; Hazardous Wastes
James M. Beard, PhD, earned a BA in chemistry at Manchester College (now Manchester University) in 1965 and a PhD in organic chemistry at Stanford University in 1969. After two years of teaching chemistry at Manchester College, he pursued a career as a clinical chemist. During the next 12 years, Dr. Beard worked as a product developer, quality control consultant, and administrator in both hospital and industry settings. Since 1988, Dr. Beard has been a member of the faculty at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he is a professor of chemistry. Dr. Beard’s major interest is environmental chemical education.