Formally established by the EPA nearly 15 years ago, the concept of green chemistry is beginning to come of age. Although several books cover green chemistry and chemical engineering, none of them transfer green principles to science and technology in general and their impact on the future. Defining industrial ecology, Environmental Science and Technology: A Sustainable Approach to Green Science and Technology provides a general overview of green science and technology and their essential role in ensuring environmental sustainability.
Written by a leading expert, the book provides the essential background for understanding green science and technology and how they relate to sustainability. In addition to the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere traditionally covered in environmental science books, this book is unique in recognizing the anthrosphere as a distinct sphere of the environment. The author explains how the anthrosphere can be designed and operated in a manner that does not degrade environmental quality and, in most favorable circumstances, may even enhance it.
With the current emphasis shifting from end-of-pipe solutions to pollution prevention and control of resource consumption, green principles are increasingly moving into the mainstream. This book provides the foundation not only for understanding green science and technology, but also for taking its application to the next level.
Sustainability Through Green Science and Technology. The Five Environmental Spheres. Green Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry. Water: A Unique Substance Essential for Life. Aquatic Biology, Microbiology, and Chemistry. Keeping Water Green. The Atmosphere: A Protective Blanket Around Us. Environmental Chemistry of the Atmosphere. Sustaining an Atmosphere for Life on Earth. The Geosphere. Soil, Agriculture, and Food Production. Geospheric Hazards and Sustaining A Green Geosphere. The Biosphere: Ecosystems and Biological Communities. Toxic Effects on Organisms and Toxicological Chemistry. Bioproductivity for a Greener Future. The Anthrosphere as Part of the Global Environment. Industrial Ecology for Sustainable Resource Utilization. Adequate, Sustainable Energy: Key to Sustainability.