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“Environment”

Li Siqi

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The straightforward title of Li Lizhi and Bao Xinhua’s book -- Environment -- makes the volume almost possible to overlook, but it’s a pleasant surprise to read. While there has been a lack of accessible popular-science writing on environmental science, Environment helps to fill this gap. It is the ideal book for those hoping to familiarise themselves with the basics on the field.


Books on environmental science tend to be dull, impenetrable tomes of policy interpretation, or highly scientific and therefore unsuitable for the general reader. But the public, which is becoming increasingly aware of worsening pollution, is keen to learn more about the environment.


This book is comprehensive, with chapters covering the atmosphere, water, soil, the biosphere, the geographical environment and the urban environment. For example, the chapter on the atmosphere explains its make-up and function, the sources of atmospheric pollution, the issues of sulphur dioxide and photochemical smogs, the threat posed by greenhouse gases, how the greenhouse effect works, the formation of acid rain, the grave state of the ozone layer and ways to deal with these problems.


Similarly, the section on the urban environment covers urban thermal islands and forms of pollution, including light, noise, rubbish and electromagnetic radiation.


The language is easy to understand, with clear explanations of common environmental terms. The authors aim to popularise knowledge about the environment to give people a firm footing when they come to protect it. Li and Bao have achieved that goal, and the reader will be left with a greater grasp of environmental issues and the dangers mankind faces – and also, potentially, the motivation to act.


This book is one in a series of scientific readings from China’s Chemical Industry Press. The other two volumes cover the basics of new energy sources and of biotechnology, and therefore also can be considered relevant to the environment. The books are all similar in style and will appeal to the same readers.


Environment
Li Lizhi and Bao Xinhua
Chemical Industry Press, 2008
-- By Li Siqi

 

 

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这本书确实不错

看了这篇书评,我去找了这本书看,发现确实不错。这本书写的很全面,覆盖了环境科学的各个方面,而且写得很通俗,像我这种非专业人士也看得懂。
美中不足的是装祯排版太像小学生读物了,哈哈。另外语言还是有些乏味,这大概是中国教科书的通病了,如果能写得有趣些就更好了。

This book is really good

After reading this review, I went to read this book and found that this was really a good one. It is very comprehensive, covering all the aspects of environmental science. It is also very simple, even me as an amateur can understand it. Yet, one defect is that it looks like a book for primary students :p Besides the language is a little boring, which is perhaps a common problem with all the Chinese textbooks. This book would be even better if the language was more interesting.


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