Environmental Chemistry: A global perspective (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780198749974

Gary W. VanLoon; Stephen J. Duffy
560 Pages
195 x 265 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
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  • Strikes a perfect balance between depth and breadth of coverage, making it a one-stop shop for students of environmental chemistry
  • Emphasizes general principles, covered at just the right depth for readers to develop a thorough understanding of natural processes
  • Carefully structured explanations ensure that students from a variety of backgrounds can master the important chemical concepts
  • In-text questions and end-of-chapter problems encourage students to check their understanding,and apply what they have learned to new scenarios and issues
  • Main points given throughout each chapter highlight the key concepts being presented
  • Online resources feature additional resources for lecturers to enhance the educational value of the text

New to this Edition:

  • New topics now added, including asbestos, fracking, ocean acidification, and the chemistry of constructed wetlands
  • Updated data and information throughout the book, particularly in chapters covering fast moving subjects such as stratospheric chemistry, the chemistry of urban and indoor atmospheres, and the chemistry of global climate
  • A new Appendix explaining how to use online software to do speciation calculations
  • New and improved learning features: more 'Literature Links' to direct students to the associated research in the field, additional 'Fermi questions' providing thought experiments which encourage strategic thinking, and new 'Think about this' boxes to encourage students to pause and reflect on the relevance of what they have learnt
  • Examples and quantitative problems now further clarified with additional labelling and explanations


Chemical processes shape the world we live in; the air we breathe, the water we drink, the weather we experience. Environmental Chemistry: a global perspective describes those chemical principles which underpin the natural processes occurring within and between the air, water, and soil, and explores how human activities impact on these processes, giving rise to environmental issues of global concern.
Guiding us through the chemical composition of the three key environmental systems - the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and terrestrial environment - the authors explain the chemical processes which occur within and between each system. Focusing on general principles, we are introduced to the essential chemical concepts which allow better understanding of air, water, and soil and how they behave; careful explanations ensure that clarity is not sacrificed at the expense of thorough coverage of the underlying chemistry.
We then see how human activity continues to affect the chemical behaviour of these environmental systems, and what the consequences of these natural processes being disturbed can be.
Environmental Chemistry: a global perspective takes chemistry out of the laboratory, and shows us its importance in the world around us. With illuminating examples from around the globe, its rich pedagogy, and broad, carefully structured coverage, this book is the perfect resource for any environmental chemistry student wishing to develop a thorough understanding of their subject.


1:Environmental chemistry

Part A: The Earth's atmosphere
2:The Earth's atmosphere
3:Stratospheric chemistry - ozone
4:Tropospheric chemistry - smog
5:Tropospheric chemistry - precipitation
6:Atmospheric aerosols
7:Chemistry of urban and indoor atmospheres
8:The chemistry of global climate

Part B: The hydrosphere
9:The hydrosphere
10:Distribution of species in aquatic systems
11:Gases in water
12:Organic matter in water
13:Metals and semi-metals in the hydrosphere
14:Environmental chemistry of colloids and surfaces
15:Microbiological processes
16:Water pollution and water treatment chemistry

Part C: The terrestrial environment
17:The terrestrial environment
18:Soil properties
19:The chemistry of solid wastes
20:Toxic organic chemicals
21:The future Earth


About the author: 

Gary W. vanLoon, Emeritus Professor, School of Environmental Studies Queen's University, Canada
Stephen J. Duffy, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Mount Allison University, Canada

"The book is well written and clear to understand. Unlike its competitors, it makes the complex simple." - Matthew-John Tully, student, University of Bangor

"I enjoyed reading Environmental Chemistry and I feel that it was very helpful in aiding my understanding of the subject. It includes many worked examples with explanations and clear diagrams." - Xinci Koh, student, University of Durham

"This text gives a thorough treatment of all aspects of environmental chemistry. I particularly liked the inclusion of the more probing Fermi questions that require integration of the material with concepts and ideas beyond the text and lead to some very interesting results!" - Patrick Boaler, student, University of York

"Environmental Chemistry is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the chemistry of the Earths atmosphere and environment. The authors provide clear graphs and diagrams throughout to explain the text in a concise manner. Throughout, the theory is supported strongly with data, research and calculations." - Adam Stubbs, student, Newcastle University

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