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.
The entry titles in this section of the Companion probably carry the most familiar words and concepts – for most of us at any rate – of any in the book. Topics like climate change, deforestation, recycling and risk are the currency of all the media and opinion surveys sometimes declare that we are fed up with them and wish they would go away. However they keep intruding, whether at a local level in the annoyance caused by having to sort garbage before it is collected or at a world scale by the apparent effects of increasing carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere. What this shows is that the environmental sciences are inextricably tied in with the social lives of humans and ...