This work assembles information from numerous fields of knowledge relevant to the study of environmental issues, including biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering, and explains the interrelationships of these issues in easily understood terms. Each essay begins with a category subhead (Activism and Advocacy, Waste and Waste Management) and the definition of the topic, along with any relevant dates. A brief summary of the environmental significance of the topic follows. Each article of more than 300 words has a list of suggested further readings to aid students who are seeking resources for more in depth information on the topic at hand. Volume 4 ends with several useful appendixes, including a time line of important environment related events, a directory of environmental organizations, a directory of U.S. national parks, a glossary, a biographical directory of notable figures in the history of environmentalism, and an extensive bibliography listing up to date publications that provide new insights into ongoing issues. Also included are a comprehensive subject index and an index of entries arranged by categories.
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