Although the earth has been around for millions of years, humans have only been seriously interested in protecting and preserving the environment for less than 200 years and the terms conservationism and environmentalism are little more than 100 years old. The industrial revolution brought with it many benefits such as the production of coal, steel and cement, and mass-produced chemicals and fertilizers; it also brought pollution, and shortly thereafter, a serious concern for the environment. This book presents the most up-to-date US government information on various environmental topics.
Critical Government Documents on the Environment presents official governmental positions on many of the leading environmental issues facing us today. All the material in this book is from published sources, including:
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Energy
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Health and Human Services
- The White House
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Service
- US Global Change Research Program
- US Geological Survey
This book does not offer any new science but attempts to present important government information on various issues facing our environment. Areas covered include global warming and greenhouse gases, the Keystone Pipeline and mining, water, air and marine pollution, mining and renewable energy. It includes a timeline of important environmental events over the last 200 years and has an extensive glossary of environmental terms.
Chapter One: Global Warming
Chapter Two: Clean Air
Chapter Three: Clean Water
Chapter Four: Renewable Energy
Appendix A: Timeline
Appendix B: Glossary
Appendix C: Resources
Don Philpott has been writing, more than 170 books many on environmental issues. He is a member of the faculty of the University of Florida and teaches Florida Master Naturalist Courses. He is President of the Friends of Florida State Parks, the statewide group that represents the 27,000 volunteers who support the work of Florida’s award-winning state parks.
"Critical Government Documents on the Environment does not seek to advocate any individual position or offer new science, but rather collects information to enable the reader to make their own, carefully evaluated judgment. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library Environmental Studies."
– Midwest Book Review
"From canary-in-the-coal-mine moments to White House open-data initiatives, this highly informative and readable work is a valued addition to environmental discourse. Philpott crafts a compelling introduction to some of the most important government documents, acts, and initiatives related to the environment. He also includes primary source material and citations to help readers find original content discussed in the text [...] A substantial glossary provides opportunities for novice readers to understand the technical vocabulary [...] Covering global warming, clean air, clean water, and renewable energy, the work is an exceptional resource appropriate for nearly all academic and public libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All audiences."