"A better understanding of ethical choices is the goal this new encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy. From animal ethics to wilderness preservation, the 322 essays by more than 250 contributing experts explore the issues behind both historical and contemporary environmental debates. Predictably, many articles address environmental issues like consumption, habitat loss, mining and pollution. However, topics also are drawn from economics, agriculture, philosophy and technology. The individuals and groups that have defined environmental theory and policy also are described. So, numerous entries profile scientists and environmental philosophers as well as government agencies, professional associations and non-governmental organizations. While Hetch Hetchy, Bhopal, Chernobyl and Katrina illustrate the consequences of local environmental decisions, global perspectives are provided with profiles of selected regions, religions and traditional cultures. Summary articles provide chronological overviews of the historical development of environmental philosophy as well the related disciplines of ecology, evolution, resource management and geography. This historical perspective is reinforced a selection of 10 primary documents demonstrating changes in environmental philosophy. The excerpts range from "The Land Ethic" by Aldo Leopold to the 2000 Earth Charter. Student users are assisted by substantial suggestions for further research, numerous illustrations, a glossary of technical terms, an annotated general bibliography and a detailed index. The result is a groundbreaking reference tool that is highly recommended for academic libraries."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, Aug. 2009