Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

, 2nd Edition

  • James E. Girard
  • ISBN-10: 0763759392
  • ISBN-13: 9780763759391
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

Today there is worldwide concern that many of our human activities are endangering—perhaps permanently—the quality of the environment. We must act fast to address these growing problems. The second edition of Principles of Environmental Chemistry exposes readers to environmental issues from a perspective that appreciates that chemical reactions drive all natural processes and outlines the connection between those processes and human behavior. Written for students with knowledge of general chemistry, this text provides the tools needed to understand the underlying chemical processes operating in the environment, while demonstrating how challenging it is to measure these systems. With this concept of interdependence students will begin to understand pressing environmental issues like ozone depletion, global warming, air and water pollution, and the hazards of radioactivity.


  • Includes a new Chapter 3, Global Warming and Climate Change.

  • Includes the latest data in the field.

  • Reorganized to allow students to focus more sharply on key material.

  • Online Instructor's Materials include a PowerPoint Image Bank, PowerPoint Lecture Outline Slides, and Solutions Manual.

  • Includes worked-out, in-chapter problems and problem sets at the end of each chapter.

  • Provides students with an appendix offering a helpful review of organic chemistry.

About the Author

James E. Girard

Dr. James Girard is Professor and Chairman of the Chemistry Department at American University. He teaches analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, as well as chemistry for non-science majors. Since he has been at the American University, he has received more than 25 grants totaling more than 3 million dollars and has published over 60 research articles. Professor Girard is a specialist in analytical chemistry. His research focuses on the methods and techniques used to separate and identify complex mixtures. He has also developed methods for the analysis of environmental pollutants in soil and water, the amount of neurotransmitter present in human serum, the concentration of disinfectants in hospital disinfectants, the composition of polymers and the separation and identification of genetic material from DNA. At American University he has supervised over 25 Masters Theses and 30 PhD dissertations. Professor Girard is the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship. He was the 1995 recipient of the Leo Schubert Award for Outstanding Teaching of Science at the College Level from the Washington Academy of Sciences. In addition, Professor Girard has served as an expert witness in court cases involving environmental, patent infringement and personal injury.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Plant Earth: Rocks, Life, and Energy
Chapter 2: The Earth's Atmosphere
Chapter 3: Global Warming and Climate Change
Chapter 4: Chemistry of the Troposphere
Chapter 5: Chemistry of the Stratosphere
Chapter 6: Analysis of Air and Air Pollutants
Chapter 7: Water Resources
Chapter 8: Water Pollution and Water Treatment
Chapter 9: Analysis of Water and Wastewater
Chapter 10: Fossil Fuels: Our Major Source of Energy
Chapter 11: Nuclear Power
Chapter 12: Energy Sources for the Future
Chapter 13: Inorganic Metals in the Environment
Chapter 14: Organic Chemicals in the Environment
Chapter 15: Insecticides, Herbicides, and Insect Control
Chapter 16: Toxicology
Chapter 17: Asbestos
Chapter 18: The Disposal of Dangerous Wastes