This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.  

Environmental Sciences

Environmental sciences

Awareness of environmental science is now very high – in the media, in legislation, in politics and even in popular literature and novels. One environmental ‘thriller’, State of Fear by Michael Crighton in 2004, includes the author's conclusions at the end, beginning with ‘We know astonishingly little about every aspect of environment … in every debate all sides overstate the extent of existing knowledge and its degree of certainty’ and towards the end includes ‘I am certain there is too much certainty in the world’.

There are really at least two ways in which the term ‘environmental sciences’ are used. Firstly it can be a specific term for a single-science, multidisciplinary field that began to develop in the 1960s and 1970s. In the ...

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