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Environmental Chemistry

A global perspective

Fourth Edition

Gary W. vanLoon and Stephen J. Duffy

Publication Date - 16 January 2018

ISBN: 9780198749974

560 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

In Stock


Chemical processes shape the world we live in; the air we breathe, the water we drink, the weather we experience. Environmental Chemistry: a global perspective describes those chemical principles which underpin the natural processes occurring within and between the air, water, and soil, and explores how human activities impact on these processes, giving rise to environmental issues of global concern.

Guiding us through the chemical composition of the three key environmental systems - the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and terrestrial environment - the authors explain the chemical processes which occur within and between each system. Focusing on general principles, we are introduced to the essential chemical concepts which allow better understanding of air, water, and soil and how they behave; careful explanations ensure that clarity is not sacrificed at the expense of thorough coverage of the underlying chemistry.

We then see how human activity continues to affect the chemical behaviour of these environmental systems, and what the consequences of these natural processes being disturbed can be.

Environmental Chemistry: a global perspective takes chemistry out of the laboratory, and shows us its importance in the world around us. With illuminating examples from around the globe, its rich pedagogy, and broad, carefully structured coverage, this book is the perfect resource for any environmental chemistry student wishing to develop a thorough understanding of their subject.


  • Strikes a perfect balance between depth and breadth of coverage, making it a one-stop shop for students of environmental chemistry
  • Emphasizes general principles, covered at just the right depth for readers to develop a thorough understanding of natural processes
  • Carefully structured explanations ensure that students from a variety of backgrounds can master the important chemical concepts
  • In-text questions and end-of-chapter problems encourage students to check their understanding,and apply what they have learned to new scenarios and issues
  • Main points given throughout each chapter highlight the key concepts being presented
  • Online Resource Centre features additional resources for lecturers to enhance the educational value of the text

About the Author(s)

Gary W. vanLoon, Emeritus Professor, School of Environmental Studies Queen's University, Canada,Stephen J. Duffy, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Mount Allison University, Canada

Table of Contents

    1. Environmental chemistry
    Part A: The Earth's atmosphere
    2. The Earth's atmosphere
    3. Stratospheric chemistry - ozone
    4. Tropospheric chemistry - smog
    5. Tropospheric chemistry - precipitation
    6. Atmospheric aerosols
    7. Chemistry of urban and indoor atmospheres
    8. The chemistry of global climate
    Part B: The hydrosphere
    9. The hydrosphere
    10. Distribution of species in aquatic systems
    11. Gases in water
    12. Organic matter in water
    13. Metals and semi-metals in the hydrosphere
    14. Environmental chemistry of colloids and surfaces
    15. Microbiological processes
    16. Water pollution and water treatment chemistry
    Part C: The terrestrial environment
    17. The terrestrial environment
    18. Soil properties
    19. The chemistry of solid wastes
    20. Toxic organic chemicals
    21. The future Earth