Modern environmentalism. An introduction

Modern environmentalism. An introduction

Environment Pergamon International, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 139-143,1997 Copyright 01997 Elsevier Science Ltd Printed in the USA. All rights resewed 016...

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International, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 139-143,1997 Copyright 01997 Elsevier Science Ltd Printed in the USA. All rights resewed 0160-4120/97 $17.00+.00


Modern Environmentalism. An Introduction. David Pepper. Routledge, New York, NY; 1996. 376 pp. $65.00 hardcover; $22.95 softcover. The primary thesis of this book is that the roots of environmentalism can be traced back to the time of Enlightenment, Malthus, Darwin, and Haeckel, to name a few. The author attempts to describe the reason for rejection of science, objectivity, and reasoning in the environmental movement and provides a description of differences between conventional thought processes which he calls egocentric and the ecocentric.

Introductory Chemistry for the Environmental Sciences. Roy M. Harrison and Stephen J. de Mora. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY; 1996. 373 pp. $79.95 hardcover; $29.95 softcover. This book attempts to present introductory chemistry for those studying environmental and related sciences. Much like other attempts to teach chemistry, the author had to choose topics for inclusion in the text. For example, the introduction to organic chemistry covers 12 pages. Most of the information on environmental chemistry is included in the last chapter of the book with the title “Case studies”. In this chapter, the chemistry of the atmosphere, stratosphere, fresh and sea waters, and soil is presented. This book is recommended as a textbook for undergraduate teaching.

lung cancer to lesser known risks such as smoking and rheumatologic conditions. In the Afterword, Ravenholt defines a new term “tobaccosis”. Ravenholt argues that the records of all patients with any manifestation of tubercle bacillus infection are labeled tuberculosis. The same is valid for a number of other diseases including AIDS. Accordingly, it is tobaccosis that describes the manifestation of diseases caused by tobacco. This book is well-written, understandable, and accurate. The book is highly recommended for libraries. It is particularly useful for high school and community libraries. It is also recommended as a teaching tool in environmental sciences.

Green Justice. The Environment and the Courts. Second Edition. Thomas More Hoban and Richard Oliver Brooks. Westview Press, Oxford, UK; 1987. 256 pp. E48.50 hardcover; E13.50 softcover. This book contains selected court decisions in the U.S. during the two decades between 1970 and 1990. The authors have divided the cases into four groups consisting of personal and property rights, environmental statutes, fundamental causes of environmental crisis, and laws as a means of attaining environmental ideals. Most environmental scientists and engineers have little or no interaction with environmental laws as interpreted by the courts. In many cases, they perceive laws based on the presentation by the public media which in turn is presented by the advocacy groups. This book is of particular interest to environmental scientists and engineers because it provides a perspective on the actual court decisions. The book is written in a language that is understandable to the scientific community. It is recommended as a desk

Cigarettes: What the Warning Label Doesn ‘t Tell You. The First Comprehensive Guide to the Health Consequences of Smoking. Kristine Napier. American Council on Science and Health, New York, NY; 186 pp. $19.95 softcover. According the authors, “cigarettes are the only available consumer product that is hazardous to health when used as intended”. This booklet is written for the general use by the consumer. It was written by those who had scientific credentials and was reviewed by a large number of peer reviewers. The 20 chapters of the book cover well-known areas such as smoking and


Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems. Brian Walker and Will Steffen, Eds. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY; 1996.619 pp. $120 hardcover; $39.95 softcover. 139