Many controversial issues revolve around complex scientific arguments which can be better understood with at least a minimal knowledge and understanding of the chemical reactions and processes going on in the world around us.
This textbook offers an accessible introduction to chemical principles and concepts, and applies them to relevant environmental situations and issues. Written for students who have not taken A' level chemistry, this book bridges the gap between GSCE chemistry and first year undergraduate level.
1. Some basic chemical concepts 2. More advanced chemical concepts - energy, entropy and rates of reaction 3. An introduction to organic chemicals 4. Planet Earth and the origin of our environment 5. The Earth as a finite resource 6. Risks and hazards 7. An introduction to the Lithosphere 8. Heavy metals and pollution of the Lithosphere 9. The chemistry of the atmosphere 10. The pollution of the atmosphere 11. Natural waters and their properties 12. Natural waters and their pollution 13. Organic chemicals and the environment 14. Energy production