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Presents a collection of alphabetically-arranged entries covering a wide variety of topics on the subject of pollution.
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Intended for use in high-school, public, and academic libraries, these volumes include articles on various causes of pollution and their effects on human and environmental health, on people and organizations that have been active in cleanup, and on agencies and legislation related to these issues. Contributors are connected with government agencies, universities, or scientific organizations.
There are 264 alphabetically arranged articles, from Abatement to Zero population growth. Some articles, such as the excellent Global warming and Space pollution, deal with specific issues related to pollution. Others, such as Popular culture, Risk, and writers, might seem like odd choices but add a more conceptual dimension. The articles conclude with lists of Internet sites as well as bibliographies that list many publications that are dated before 2000. The set is attractive and inviting, illustrated with charts, photos, maps, and drawings. Each volume commences with a table of contents and topical outline for the set and lists of acronyms and abbreviations and ends with a glossary and set index. The index entry for Tankers, oil incorrectly cites pages 104-405, instead of 104-105.
There are several older reference sources, among them Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (Salem, 2000) and Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (Oryx, 2000), that treat many topics related to pollution but have a broader overall scope. Others, such as Environmental Disasters: A Chronicle of Individual, Industrial, and Governmental Carelessness (Facts On File, 1998) and Toxic Waste Sites: An Encyclopedia of Endangered America (ABC-CLIO, 1997), are more narrow. Pollution A to Z is an attractive, informative, current work that could be useful in high-school and public library collections. RBB
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Grade 8 Up–These 250 signed entries offer solid scientific and historical background, thorough descriptions, and, often, specific recent examples. Beyond the expected subject areas, coverage includes less obvious topics, such as "Information, Access to," that affect pollution in significant ways. Article length varies from one or two paragraphs on a specific topic such as the air pollution disaster at Donora, PA, to fairly comprehensive overviews. For example, a nine-page entry on "Lifestyle" examines the connection between pollution and a consumer lifestyle and "eco-apartheid," the costs of material growth paid by the urban poor. The clear writing is formal in tone; the vocabulary is fairly sophisticated. Statistical information is easy to access from within the narrative and from charts and tables. Valuable historical perspective combines with current information on timely articles such as "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," which mentions the defeated 2002 legislation regarding oil exploration. Though there is an erroneous reference to "the first Bush administration" with regard to the 2001 opposition of the Kyoto Protocol, facts and dates are accurate. Bibliographies for each article include print and/or Internet sources. Cross-references encourage readers to investigate the relationships among topics. A useful "Topical Outline" groups articles into more than 30 broad categories. Wide margins; orange headings; and scattered color photos, charts, and diagrams make for an attractive layout. Reference works on general environmental areas are available, but many collections will benefit from this focused set that covers a timely topic in a thorough and accessible manner.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Book Description MacMillan Reference: Thomson/Gale, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0028657004
Book Description MacMillan Reference: Thomson/Gale, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0028657004