RCL: Subjects
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Environmental sciences is a multifaceted, interdisciplinary subject -- the study of which may well be crucial to the length of our future. It is the study of the impact of living organisms, especially humans, on the natural processes and resources on, in, and surrounding the Earth. Environmental sciences involve biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, modeling and analysis, engineering, technology, and management. It has especially developed from the realization of pollution of air, water, and soils, perhaps beginning with Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring. It impinges on medicine with toxicology, contamination, epidemiology, and public health. Agriculture and forestry are inextricably involved with water, pesticides, desertification, deforestation, biodiversity, and biotechnology issues. This holistic nature of environmental sciences has given rise to new coinage such as biogeochemistry and bioremediation, brownfields, and green chemistry. The intent of the Environmental Sciences section is to complement the Environmental Studies section, mainly concentrating on the scientific and technical aspects of the environment, so most of the material is at a more specialized level. Engineering is well represented in this collection. Included are resources in energy, climatology, pollution, waste, conservation, toxicology, and epidemiology. The content was selected using environmental sciences thesauri, topical concerns in the media, and class syllabi, besides book reviews and special listings. A few classics, not found elsewhere in RCL, have been added, as well as resources on environmental disasters. Return to Subject List