Chemistry of the Environment (2nd Edition)

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9780137548965: Chemistry of the Environment (2nd Edition)

For sophomore/junior-level courses in Environmental Chemistry, with a general chemistry prerequisite.Compact yet comprehensive, this text presents an unbiased and readable account of current environmental issues-with an in-depth explanation of the underlying chemical principles that determine the nature of the issues in question. It identifies major environmental issues in the areas of energy, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and analyzes the chemical basis of those issues and the links between socio-economic indicators and impacts on the environment. The text helps students to see how their knowledge of basic chemistry can be used to understand the nature of the Earth and the impact of human activity upon it.

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This text helps students to see that their knowledge of basic chemistry can be used to understand the nature of the Earth and the impacts that humans are having upon it. Spiro and Stigliani identify major environmental issues in the areas of energy, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, then analyze the chemical basis of those issues. The text is compact, yet comprehensive, connecting (1) basic chemical understanding to environmental issues and (2) the links between socio-economic indicators and impacts on the environment. Incorporating the newest developments in environmental science, Chemistry of the Environment is the most up-to-date and thorough analysis of Environmental Chemistry.

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Concise, comprehensive, readable, and current, Chemistry of the Environment, Second Edition, is the most thorough, up-to-date, and user-friendly treatment of environmental chemistry available. This book, designed for students who have taken or are taking general chemistry, explores and discusses topics such as energy flow through nature, the greenhouse effect, climate modeling, chemistry of the ozone layer, air pollution, redox potential and water pollution, toxic chemicals, and acid rain. Featuring an unsurpassed marriage of chemical principles with issues of environmental concern, this book is unrivaled in terms of its ability to explain the chemistry behind the headlines.

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