Environment in Key Words - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080245249, 9781483294094

Environment in Key Words

1st Edition

A Multilingual Handbook of the Environment

Authors: Isaac Paenson
eBook ISBN: 9781483294094
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 17th April 1990
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Environmental problems ignore international boundaries. Toxic wastes travel by water and air, sometimes displacing the effects of an environmental disaster entirely outside of its country of origin. It is now understood that to overcome the problems that face us international co-operation is required. This important work is designed to assist in that process, by helping to break down the language barriers that stand between countries. The manual, written in parallel English, German, French and Russian texts, provides the basic tools of communication in the specialized fields of environmental sciences between speakers of these languages. Each chapter has been revised in each separate language by specialists in the field to guarantee the authenticity of the information presented. The author is unique in his approach, presenting the key-words in context, as opposed to simple glossary entries, allowing the reader to fully understand the complex relations between the word and the concepts involved. A comprehensive index written in all four languages guides the reader through the text, providing references to the words as they are used in different disciplines.


For environmentalists, ecologists, earth scientists, lexicographers, terminologists and translators.

Table of Contents

Volume 1. Preface. Introduction. Directions for use of the manual. Abbreviations. The Ecological Balance. Introduction (Ecosystems). Atmosphere: Structure; Radiation characteristics; Other physical characteristics; Climate; Chemical composition. Hydrosphere: The ocean and the salt lakes; Fresh water. Geosphere: Physical characteristics; Non-renewable natural resources. Biogeochemical Cycles in Ecosystems: Introduction; The carbon cycle; The nitrogen cycle; The phosphorous cycle. Disruption of the Ecological Balance. Introduction. The Underlying Causes: Population growth and geographical distribution. Direct Factors: Pollution and nuisances; Overconsumption and waste of natural resources. Some Measures for the Re-establishment of the Ecological Balance. Control of the Indirect Factors: Planning of growth and geographical distribution of the human population. Control of the Direct Factors: Control of pollution and nuisances; Management of natural resources; Legal aspects of the environment in the international plane. Postscript ("Death of the forests"). Postface. Short bibliography. Volume 2. Indices (English, French, German and Russian).


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Isaac Paenson


@qu:It is difficult to imagine a library, or a professional translator, without this fundamental work...it is a must. @source:The Science of Total Environment

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