RUSA Book Award, and Outstanding Academic Title list book.
"...New entries include in- depth information and analysis related to climate change, climate change controversies (including the 2009 and 2010 "Climategate" investigations ), and the 2010 Gulf Oil along with recent revisions to environmental law and policy. The fourth edition of Environmental Encyclopedia also expands upon the content provided in earlier editions to include a broader range and treatment of topics of international and global concern."
Environmental science is, of course, not static. In some cases, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill the full environmental impact will take years and decades to fully manifest and investigate. At the time this book went to press, debates about the size of the Deepwater Horizon spill still raged, new regulations regarding offshore drilling were pending, and the formal investigation regarding the cause of the spill remained open. Regardless, the Environmental Encyclopedia serves a solid base from which to begin a journey toward an in-depth understanding of topics critical to understanding the complexities of environmental issues. With ongoing issues we have made a special effort set the content and provide a base of understanding that will allow students and readers to more critically understand the updated information contained in the reliable resources provided.
Thus far it is the only known planet with blue skies, warm seas, and life. Earth is our most tangible and insightful laboratory. Because Earth is our only home, environmental studies also offer a profound insight into delicate balance and the tenuousness of life. As Carl Sagan wrote in, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, "The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena." For humans to play wisely upon that stage, to secure a future for the children who shall inherit the Earth, we owe it to ourselves to become players of many parts, so that our repertoire of scientific knowledge enables us to use reason, and intellect in our civic debates, and to understand the complex harmonies of Earth." (continued) -- K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, editors. Paris. December, 2010