This book is a much updated version of an earlier edition authored by R. Quentin Grafton, Linwood Pendleton and Harry Nelson, published by Edward Elgar a decade ago. Although the primer on economics for the environment written by Linwood Pendleton in the first edition has been retained in the current version, we have updated and revised all the words in the dictionary, the other primers, and appendices. Our biggest change has been to include an additional 700 words or so on climate change policy and science, as well as a primer on climate change policy.
Given the existence of Wikipedia and other internet sources, you may ask why do we need a dictionary? Our view is that many technical words are not available on Wikipedia. Further, many internet sources on climate change have been developed by people or organizations with a particular view or perspective. By contrast, our definitions are clear, unbiased, and definitive.
We strongly believe that without a holistic view of the environment that transcends disciplines, we can never hope to have a comprehensive understanding of our world. Unfortunately, the language of each discipline includes its own set of jargon and words that are commonly used by people within a discipline but, frequently, cannot be understood by people from the outside. Too often, these barriers prevent us from understanding and developing a systematic view of our environment.
A Dictionary of Climate Change and the Environment: Economics, Science, and Policy offers a reference that bridges the gap between the many disciplines encompassing climate change, environmental economics, environmental sciences, and environmental studies. It provides a comprehensive set of words used in environmental, ecological, and resource economics. In addition, the dictionary includes a selection of some of the most important and frequently used words in the environmental sciences and environmental studies. The book includes over 3700 words from abatement to zooplankton and, where additional explanation is required, further reading and references are provided. The dictionary is not only a ready-reference for students, but should prove useful to policy makers and professionals who need to understand the many different terms and concepts concerning the environment.
The book has a number of desirable features. Included are four primers that provide introductions to the topics of Environmental Economics; Climate Change Policy; International Environmental Problems; and Environmental Systems, Dynamics, and Modeling. These primers can be used as reviews or introductions in many different courses and programs p. xon the environment. In addition, the dictionary has a list of annotated references that provides a useful introduction to the topics covered in the dictionary, listing a comprehensive list of references referred to in the definitions, and seven appendices that include: the Greek alphabet, Roman numerals, the système internationale (SI) and other units, prefixes for the SI, common abbreviations for measures and units, the geological time-scale, and a listing and description of selected environmental treaties. The completely revised appendix on environmental treaties is intended for readers interested in the legal measures being undertaken to sustain the global environment.
We trust that our book, its definitions, primers, and appendices, will prove a ready-reference that will help to bridge the knowledge and understanding gaps between different academic disciplines related to the environment, and will help you gain a better understanding of the world we share and the environmental challenges that we face.
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