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.
In 2008, a well-known Internet search engine yielded about 43 million hits for ‘Environmental Policy’, about the same as for ‘Football’. It is a term very widely applied and concise guides difficult to formulate. Firstly, there is a very wide variety of scale. It is possible for an individual to have a goal-directed, value-infused behaviour which uses the latest information to minimize his/her environmental impact: using public transport or cycling, refusing unnecessary packaging, offering wastes for recycling are all examples. Firms and other institutions like universities and colleges will also have such policies, aimed at such things as reducing energy consumption (switching off lights) or combating the disamenities of litter or discarded chewing gum. Cities will do similar things on larger scale, ...