Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-054-9
# of Pages: 1526
# of Volumes: 4
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Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues

Editor: Richard Renneboog, MSc
May 2019

Now in its third edition, the Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues assembles information from numerous fields of knowledge relevant to the study of environmental issues, including biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering, and explains the interrelationships of these issues in easily understood terms.

A CHOICE Top 75 Community College Resource for July 2020

As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, environmental issues are at the top of the urgent concerns facing the world. In Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, 3rd edition, the fundamental concepts, issues, and debates are considered.

From fossil fuels to renewable resources, pollution to sustainability, from Edward Albee to Howard Clinton Zahniser, the Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues is a four-volume roundup of environment-related curricular disciplines, including agriculture, history, sociology, energy, public policy, science, climatology, engineering, and business.

Scope & Coverage

This academic, multi-author reference work serves as a general and nontechnical resource for students and teachers to understand the importance of the many issues related to the environment, from agriculture and engineering to disasters and breakthroughs. The intent is to gain an appreciation for the dramatic impact our interactions with the environment, negative and positive, can have on nations around the world; to learn the history of environmental studies; and to initiate educational discussion brought forth by the specific social and topical articles presented in the work. Individuals who have made significant contributions are included as well as topics related to the field of environmentalism, including important legislation, treaties, governmental action, and industry.


These volumes cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Agriculture: Modern Problems
  • Beach erosion
  • Cloning
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Earth Day
  • Food & Agriculture Organization
  • General Mining Act
  • Hybrid Vehicles
  • Ivory Trade
  • John Muir Trail
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • Landfills
  • Monoculture
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Ocean Pollution
  • Poaching
  • Rowland, Frank Sherwood
  • Seed banks
  • Tidal Energy
  • U.S. Climate Action Partnership
  • Volcanoes and weather
  • Water rights
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Zoning Laws
  • and many more!

Articles Length and Format

Articles in the encyclopedia range in length from 500 to 3,500 words. Each is first presented with the category to which it belongs (for example, Agronomy; Anthropology; or History), a statement of the significance of the topic or identification of the individual, and an article summary.

The article body contains a thorough explanation and review of the topic or the work of the individual being profiled. Each article is then followed by a “Further Reading” section that includes bibliographic citations and, where appropriate, a “See Also” section that includes cross-references to other relevant articles in the set. Many articles are richly illustrated with photos and captions, and charts, graphs, and tables. Each article is signed by the contributor to the encyclopedia.

Front and Backmatter

  • Full list of articles at the beginning of each volumes
  • List of contributors
  • Glossary
  • Timeline of American Environmentalism
  • Key Figures in Environmentalism
  • U.S. Federal Laws Concerning the Environment
  • Directory of U.S. National Parks
  • Major World National Parks and Protected Areas
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Subject Index

Especially targeted toward high-school students, this outstanding reference work is edited to tie into the high-school curriculum, making the content readily accessible as well as to patrons of public, academic, and university libraries. Pedagogical elements include a timeline, resource guides, glossary, and thorough index.

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