Unraveling Environmental Disasters

Hardcover | November 27, 2012

byDaniel ValleroEditorTrevor M. Letcher

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Unraveling Environmental Disasters provides scientific explanations of the most threatening current and future environmental disasters, including an analysis of ways that the disaster could have been prevented and how the risk of similar disasters can be minimized in the future. Named a 2014 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice publication Treats disasters as complex systems Provides predictions based upon sound science, such as what the buildup of certain radiant gases in the troposphere will do, or what will happen if current transoceanic crude oil transport continues Considers the impact of human systems on environmental disasters

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Unraveling Environmental Disasters provides scientific explanations of the most threatening current and future environmental disasters, including an analysis of ways that the disaster could have been prevented and how the risk of similar disasters can be minimized in the future. Named a 2014 Outstanding Academic Title by the American L...

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Unraveling Environmental Disasterscovers the major environmental threats facing our world, focusing on rigorous scientific investigations to better understand why the disasters occurred. Two prominent scientists, physical chemist Trevor Letcher and environmental engineer Daniel Vallero, look at natural and human-induced disasters to an...

Dr. Daniel A. Vallero is an internationally recognized expert in environmental science and engineering. His four decades of research, teaching and professional experience in hazardous waste engineering and management have addressed a wide range of human health risk and ecological issues, from global climate change to the release of haz...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:530 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:Elsevier Science & TechLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123970261

ISBN - 13:9780123970268

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Table of Contents

1. Failures 2. Science 3. Explosions 4. Plumes 5. Leaks 6. Spills 7. Fires 8. Climate 9. Nature 10. Minerals 11. Recalcitrance 12. Radiation 13. Invasions 14. Products 15. Unsustainability 16. Society 17. Future Glossary of Terms

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"This important, clearly written, well-organized book addresses a confluence of significant global issues and brings them into focus. Vallero.and Letcher.examine engineering failures within the context of generating environmental disasters.The book addresses related issues of sustainability, anthropogenic global warming, pesticide use and its impact on the food chain, vinyl chloride production, etc.Summing Up: Essential."--CHOICE Reviews Online, January 2014