A Dictionary Of Environment And Conservation

Hardcover | March 15, 2007

byChris Park

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This informative dictionary contains over 8,500 entries on all aspects of the environment and conservation. International in scope, it embraces a broad spectrum of environmental areas including sustainable development, biodiversity, conservation, environmental ethics, philosophy, and history,resource management, sociology, and policy on the environment. In addition to its wide-ranging, concise definitions, it includes longer key entries on topics such as Antarctica, Gaia hypothesis, genetic engineering, the Kyoto Protocol, and the United Nations Conference on Environmental Development.The dictionary is uniquely comprehensive in that it addresses the social, legal, political and economic aspects of the environment and conservation as well as the scientific terms. Coverage includes international treaties, movements, trusts and organisations, as well as biographies of key figures inenvironmental science. It also boasts wide coverage of terms relating to rural/community development and participation, an area with an increasingly key role in managing the environment and biodiversity. This places the subject of the environment firmly in a human as well as a scientific context. The dictionary is supplemented with an invaluable selection of 10 appendices, including international hazard assessment scales (including the Beaufort scale, the Richter scale, and the Fujita tornado scale), the geologic timescale, and an appendix of useful websites for further study.Concise and wide-ranging, this is an essential work of reference for students and professionals, and anyone with an interest in the environment and conservation.

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This informative dictionary contains over 8,500 entries on all aspects of the environment and conservation. International in scope, it embraces a broad spectrum of environmental areas including sustainable development, biodiversity, conservation, environmental ethics, philosophy, and history,resource management, sociology, and policy o...

Chris Park is a Professorial Fellow and Director of the Graduate School at Lancaster University. He is a graduate of the University of Ulster and Exeter University, and has taught environmental courses for over 30 years, mostly at Lancaster University. His previous publications include more than 50 journal articles and 10 books, inclu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.28 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionContentsA to Z entriesAppendix 1Sources of online data on the environmentAppendix 2International environment treatiesAppendix 3The Beaufort scale of wind strengthAppendix 4The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scaleAppendix 5The Fujita scale of tornado intensityAppendix 6Torino asteroid and comet impact hazard scaleAppendix 7Richter earthquake magnitude and modified Mercalli earthquake intensity scalesAppendix 8The geological timescaleAppendix 9Chemical elementsAppendix 10Si units and conversions

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"Comprehensive but accessible....provides clear, concise definitions....Recommended."--CHOICE "Carefully crafted....a significant undertaking. The terms and names are defined in clear and accessible prose....lovingly and competently done."--American Reference Books Annual "Comprehensive but accessible....provides clear, concise definitions....Recommended."--CHOICE "A significant undertaking. The terms and names are defined in clear and accessible prose....lovingly and competently done."--American Reference Books Annual "This dictionary is a remarkably interdisciplinary work to have been created by a single individual. It is an excellent selection for academic libraries, consulting firms, nonprofits, government agencies, personal collections, and the ready-reference shelf in a university environmetal studies department office." -- Environment, Vol. 50, No. 4