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Chemistry of the Environment


By: Thomas G Spiro, William M Stigliani and K Purvis-Roberts

550 pages, Figs, tabs

University Science Books

Hardback | Nov 2011 | Edition: 3 | #190235 | ISBN-13: 9781891389702
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About this book

This new edition has been extensively revised to reflect the rapid evolution of all areas of environmental science. Additionally, much of the text and organisation have been refined for enhanced clarity. New worked problems and end-of-chapter problems have also been included.

'Spiro, Purvis-Roberts and Stigliani write in a clear and engaging style. They organize the material in a logical and compelling manner, emphasizing the many cross-connections among environmental topics. The bottom line is that this is the environmental chemistry book that we have all been waiting for!' - From Foreword by Harry Gray, California Institute of Technology, USA 'I very much congratulate the authors. This is by far the best environmental chemistry text that I have read.' - Professor John Perona, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA 'The authors provide clear and concise explanations and do a good job of integrating calculations throughout the book. This book is useful both for students learning to apply chemical concepts to understand the environment and for instructors seeking a distinct perspective and important data on the environment.' - Professor Keith Kuwata, Macalester College, USA 'No other text in environmental chemistry so nicely balances breadth, depth and readability.' - Professor A.D. Anbar, Arizona State University, USA


Part 1: Introduction: Sustainability and Green Chemistry

Sustainability and chemistry
Green chemistry

Part 2: Atmosphere

Air pollution
Nitrogen oxides, ozone and gasoline
Stratospheric ozone shield
Climate change

Part 3: Energy and Materials

Energy flows and supplies
Fossil fuels
Nuclear energy
Renewable energy
Energy utilization

Part 4: Hydrosphere

Water resources
Water as solvent
Acids and bases
Water and lithosphere
Aquatic life and oxidation
Water pollution and treatment

Part 5: Biosphere

Nitrogen and food production
Pest control
Toxic chemicals

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THOMAS G. SPIRO Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, USA. He is the recipient of the ICPP Eraldo Antonini Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (2004), Biophysical Society Founders Award (2004), the Wellcome Visiting Professorship in the Basic Medical Sciences, at the University of British Columbia, Canada, (1999), and the Bomem-Michelson Award in Molecular Spectroscopy (1986). KATHLEEN PURVIS-ROBERTS Joint Science Department, Claremont Colleges, USA. WILLIAM M. STIGLIANI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa, USA.

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