This text is an introduction to the interrelationships of the atmosphere, air quality, people, and plants. Ideal as a textbook, it makes an excellent guide to this important topic for a wide audience that includes anyone interested in environmental change, climactic change, or natural resource management.The author draws on his career of more than 25 years of scientific research to present a multidisciplinary approach to the interactions of the atmosphere and the biosphere. This approach combines science, historical accounts, and an examination of issues that span pollution control, technology, education, health, agriculture, forests, and international issues.Interesting and easy-to-read, this text offers a wide-ranging account that extends from the pre-industrial era to the present, and it includes case histories of Los Angeles, London, and Mexico City. Emphasizing the international dimensions of this subject, the author offers clear explanations of scientific and technical concepts, significant historical events, social factors, and key issues like global warming and acid rain.Readers will find all the background information needed for a well-rounded understanding of the many different ways in which the atmosphere and the biosphere interact. Included are a glossary of technical terms, notes within each chapter, and color pictures, including images that illustrate how to detect air pollution injury in plants as an early sign of poor air quality.
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