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Environmental Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
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The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science (New Ed.)
Edited by Bruce Wyman & L. Harold Stevenson, New York: Facts on File, 2001 (TD9 .W95 2001 reference)
This environmental dictionary includes over 3000 terms, with heavy emphasis on U.S. government agencies and laws, chemistry, engineering, public policy, and environmental health. Words and phrases such as "rad," "greenhouse effect," "ozone layer," and "nuclear winter" are all here. A useful list of acronyms such as EPA, EIS, and GRAS is also included. Be forewarned, however, that this dictionary does not include pronunciation guides.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Environmental Science
Compiled by McGraw-Hill, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003 (GE10 .M378 2003 reference)
The nearly 9,000 one-sentence entries in this dictionary treating all aspects of environmental science are drawn from McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific an Technical Terms (6th ed., CH, Mar '03). For all terms, the work supplies pronunciations and indicates primary fields, of which there are 29 including agriculture, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, medicine, meteorology, and general science and technology.
Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment (4th Ed.)
By Peter H. Collin, London: Peter Collin, 2001 (QH540.4 .C65 2001 reference)
Recent edition of a title first published in 1985 defines more than 4,000 terms. All main entries include pronunciation guides, and many offer quotations and example sentences.
Dictionary of Environmental Health
By David Worthington, New York: Spon Press, 2003 (RA566 .W68 2003 reference)
A “one-stop” reference to over 3,000 common (and not-so-common) terms, concepts, abbreviations, acronyms and a wealth of supporting data no longer found in most reference books. Suitable for all environmental and public health students and practitioners.
Illustrated Dictionary and Resource Directory of Environmental & Occupational Health
By Herman Koren, Boca Raton: Lewis, 2005 (RA566 .K59 2005 reference)
Definitions are easy to read and expanded entries are provided for many of the items. A comprehensive publication that focuses on all aspects of environmental health, this dictionary will appeal to students and practitioners in areas related to the environment, occupational health, medicine, law, engineering, and related fields.
Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management
Ecology has become so wide ranging that it is hard for any one person to keep track of all the diverse concepts and jargon used inn the separate sub-disciplines. It is especially difficult for those applying ecology to keep abreast of the principles of the subject, and for those working on the principles to keep in touch with new areas of application. The Encyclopedia of Ecology & Environmental Management provides a complete one-volume guide to the core definitions and issues associated with pure and applied ecology.
Environmental Encyclopedia (3rd Ed.)
Edited by Marc Bortman and colleagues, Detroit: Gale Thompson, 2003
Consisting of nearly 1,300 signed articles and term definitions, the 3rd edition provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues. Each article is written in a non-technical style and provides current status, analysis and suggests solutions whenever possible.
International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics
Edited by John Barry & E. Gene Frankland, London: Routledge, (GE170 .I55 2002 reference)
The editors and their team have put together 500 entries by 160 authors from around the world. There are short factual accounts of about 150 words, in-depth overviews of 750 words and 1,500 word comprehensive essays. The subjects cover national environmental politics, production systems, topics like biodiversity and energy, political and campaigning organizations and individuals. Each entry includes references and further reading. John Barry is Reader in Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, and Gene Frankland is Professor of Politics at Ball State University.
Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (3 vols.)
Edited by Craig W. Allin & Robert McClenaghan, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2000 (GE10 .E52 2000, 3 volumes, in reference)
This 3-volume work comprises 475 articles by experts covering topics including air pollution, national parks, environmental legislation, oil spills, solar power, sick-building syndrome, smog, and urban planning. Also includes several appendices: time line of environmental legislation, directory of environmental organizations, directory of U.S. national parks, and an extensive bibliography.
Last updated by jgottfri on 07/18/2007