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Chemistry of the Environment
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816052735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5273-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 628.5
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 240

Summary

Chemistry of the Environment provides a general introduction to the role of chemistry in environmental issues, including air and water pollution, solid wastes, and the relatively new field of green chemistry. Some of the most obvious examples of pollution are smoke produced by industrial operations, carbon dioxide and other gases released into the atmosphere as a by-product of burning fuels, silt and sediment washed off land by rainwater, and garbage dumped on land.

This accessible new book discusses the chemical nature of air, water, and solid waste pollution; the biological, chemical, and physical effects of pollutants; and the methods available for the control of each type of pollution. In addition to purely scientific information, this volume presents some historical background and a brief introduction to social, political, economic, legal, and other issues related to the environment. Biographical information on important researchers in the field is provided.

Chapters include:

  • The Road to Earth Day
  • Chemistry of the Air: Pollutants
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere: Changes in the Atmosphere
  • Chemistry of Water Pollution
  • Chemistry of Solid Waste Disposal
  • Green Chemistry.

Specifications

Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Further reading. Web sources.

About the Author(s)

David E. Newton holds an associate’s degree in science from Grand Rapids Junior College, a B.A. in chemistry and an M.A. in education from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in science education from Harvard University. He taught mathematics and physical sciences, was a professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, and was an adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, resource books, research manuals, trade books, and other educational materials, including DNA Evidence and Forensic Science, one volume in Facts On File's Library in a Book series.

Reviews and Awards

"Recommended."
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"...will be useful for chemistry students, students debating the issue, and students researching th[is] topic for science fair projects...Recommended."
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