Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Allaby, Michael. Dictionary of the Environment. New York: New York University
Press, 1989. Ref. QH 540.4 .A44.
- This is a dictionary of environmental terms. Coverage includes definitions of agencies,
governmental regulations, policies and environmental disasters.
Ashworth, William. The Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies.
New York: Facts on File, 1991. Ref. QH 540.4 .A84.
- Provides short entries in the areas of environmental science, law and
management. It specifically includes agencies, individuals and legislation.
Crump, Andy. Dictionary of Environment and Development: People, Places, Ideas and Organizations.
London: Earthscan Publications Ltd. 1991. Ref. GE 10 .C78.
- Includes information on people, organizations, scientific elements, ecological
issues, environmental problems and events.
A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations. Compiled by Barbara K. Rodes and
Rice Odell. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992. Ref. PN 6084 .N2 .D53.
- The quotations are organized in particular subject categories such as conservation,
endangered species, natural resources, water pollution, etc. Within each category quotes
are arranged chronologically. There is also an author and subject index included.
The Encyclopedia of Animal Ecology. Edited by Peter D. Moore. New York: Facts on
File, 1987. Ref. QH 541 .E46.
- This encyclopedia looks at the interrelationship between organisms
and their natural environment. In examining the principles of ecology, they
have been applied to practical situations. The regions of the world, climatic
zones and the physical environment of species are also covered.
Environmental Engineering Dictionary. Edited by C.C. Lee. Rockville:
Government Institutes, Inc., 1982. Ref. TD 9 .L44.
- A dictionary with comprehensive coverage of environmental engineering
definitions. Definitions also include origins and references for
additional information. Terms are comprised from subject areas such as
ground water, air, hazardous waste, pollution, landfills, health, safety,
Gilpin, Alan. Environmental Planning: A Condensed Encyclopedia. Park Ridge:
Noyes Publications, 1986. Ref. HC 79 .E5 .G52.
- This is an environmental planning dictionary that provides such varied
topics as land issues, federal policies, ecological problems, international programs
Schultz, Marilyn Spigel and Vivian Loeb Kasen. Encyclopedia of Community Planning
and Environmental Management. New York: Facts on File, 1984. Ref. HD 108.6 .S38.
- Provides alphabetical entries on various aspects of community planning
and environmental management. Addresses issues such as water and air
pollution, land control and transportation.
Stevenson, Harold L. and Bruce Wyman. The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science.
New York: Facts on File, 1991. Ref. TD 9 .S74.
- A dictionary of environmental science terms that includes definitions
from all areas of sciences. Provides subject area coverage on pollution,
conservation, ecosystems and waste management.
Business and the Environmental: A Resource Guide. Edited by Allison
A. Pennell, Patricia E. Choi and Lawrence Molinaro, Jr. Washington D.C. :
Island Press, 1992. Ref. HD 69 .P6 .P46.
- A resource guide to publications, organizations, case studies and
educators concerned with industries, firms and environmental issues. The
published materials include texts, journals, trade magazines and reports.
Reference are also made to government agencies, clearinghouses and research
Gale Environmental Sourcebook: A Guide to Organizations, Agencies, and
Publications. Edited by Karen Hill and Annette Piccirelli. Detroit:
Gale Research Inc., 1992. Ref. GE 20 .G35.
- This is an extensive guide to organizations, programs, publications,
products and resources of information which all concern the environment.
In addition to names, addresses and telephone numbers, certain entries
will include a brief description of an agency’s purpose and function.
Lanier-Graham, Susan D. The Nature Directory: A Guide to Environmental
Organizations. New York: Walter & Company, 1991. Ref. TD 169 .L36.
- Lists prominent environmental organizations in the United States
and abroad. Discusses the organizations’ achievements, ongoing projects
and future plans. Also included is a section concerning worldwide
Who is Who In Service to the Earth. Edited by Hans J. Keller.
Waynesville: VisionLink Education Foundation, 1991. Ref. GE 1 .W47.
- Who is Who in Service to the Earth serves in part as a directory.
As a directory, it provides names of people, identifies projects in
existence and names of organizations. This source also presents articles
addressing solutions, changes and future visions relating to environmental
Your Resource Guide to Environmental Organizations. Edited by John
Seredich. Irving: Smiling Dolphins Press, 1991. Ref. TD 171 .Y68.
- This guide contains listings of nongovernmental, federal and state
environmental organizations. Entries include purpose of the organization,
the program it’s involved with, accomplishments, volunteer opportunities
and membership benefits. There are several biographical sketches of
environmental leaders included.
Blueprint for the Environment. Edited by T. Alan Comp. Salt Lake
City: Howe Brothers, 1989. Ref. HC 110 .E5.
- The Blueprint for the Environment is an environmental agenda for
federal action in addressing the nation’s problems. This guide contains
most of the original Blueprint recommendations for addressing the
Cortbitt, Robert A. Standard Handbook of Environmental Engineering.
New York: McGraw Hill, 1990. Ref. TD 145 .S72.
- Provides information on the technical aspects of air quality control,
water supply, wastewater disposal and solid waste management. Established
and emerging environmental engineering technologies are discussed.
The Earth Report: The Essential Guide to Global Ecological Issues.
Edited by Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. Los Angeles:
Price Stern Sloan, Inc. 1988. Ref. TD 170 .E17.
- The first section of this handbook contains six essays concerning to
pics such as the destruction of the environment, international food aid,
nuclear energy, the Gaia hypothesis, acid rain and water conservation. The
second section contains shorter articles which are organized alphabetically.
Graphs, tables and charts are included to clarify and support the ecological
Environmental Data Report. Prepared by Gems Monitoring and Assessment Research Centre.
Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991. Ref. TD 174 .E576.
- Provides world-wide information including facts and figures on environmental
pollution, climate, natural resources, population settlements, human health,
energy, transportation, tourism, wastes,natural disasters and international
Kenworthy, Lauren. A citizen’s Guide to Promoting Toxic Waste Reduction. New York:
Inform Inc. 1990. Ref. TD 1050 .C57 K46.
- A guide for promoting toxic waste reduction. Steps towards service
reduction programs are discussed. Details concerning the Toxic Release
Inventory and its relation to assessing reduction are included.
Kimball, Debi. Recycling in America: A Reference Handbook. Santa
Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1992. Ref. TD 794.5 .K55.
- This handbook serves as a guide to the fundamentals of recycling.
On a second level, it serves as a resource for finding additional recycling
sources. A historical chronology, a directory listing of agencies,
organizations and laws and regulations are also included.
The Last Rain Forests: A World Conservation Atlas. Edited by David
Attenborough. NewYork: Oxford University Press, 1990. Ref. QH 541.5 .R27 .L38.
- Provides maps and information on ecological issues concerning the
rain forests. Coverage also includes the different plants, insects,
species and humans which reside in the forests. Strategies of conservation are
Mason, Robert J. and Mark T. Mattson. Atlas of United States Environmental Issues.
New York: Macmillian Publishing Company, 1990. Ref. G 1201 .G3 .M3.
- Includes maps, text, tables and figures concerning environmental
issues. Topics encompass the physical diversity of the country, toxic and
hazardous threats, energy consumption, population, urbanization and natural
Miller, E. William and Ruby M. Miller. Environmental Hazards: Air Pollution. Santa Barbara:
ABC-CLIO, 1989. Ref. HC 110 . A4 .M55.
- Contains discussion and analysis of air pollution. Aspects such
as geographic sources, human activities effect of air pollution and
natural air pollutants are examined. In addition to providing description
and background there are chapters covering bibliographical items, listings
of private organizations, governing agencies and laws and regulations at
the federal, state and local levels.
Miller, E. Willard and Ruby M. Miller. Environmental Hazards: Radioactive Materials and Wastes.
Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1990. Ref. TD 196 .R3 .M55.
- A guide providing a description of radioactive waste and health
organizations concerned with nuclear activities and laws and regulations
covering health and safety standards. In addition, there is a bibliography
of reference works, articles, government documents, film, filmstrips and
OECD Environmental Data. Paris: Organizations for Economic Co-operation
and Development, 1991. Ref. TD 172 .O36.
- A compendium of environmental data which includes statistical tables
regarding air, water, land and living resources. It includes data of
natural resources and their relation to the economic areas of energy,
transportation, industry and agriculture.
The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to Endangered Species of North America.
Edited by John R. Mathews. 3 volumes. Washington, D.C.: Beacham
Publishing, Inc. 1990-19922. Ref. QL 84.2 .O35.
- Provides background on plants and wildlife species protected by the
Endangered Species Act. Entries, arranged alphabetically by scientific
name, include information consisting of physical descriptions, behavior,
habitat, conservation and recovery.
Perry, Bill. A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to the Middle Atlantic Coast.
San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1985. Ref. QH 104.5 . A84 .P47.
- A reference guide to the natural history of the Middle Atlantic
coast. Biotic communities such as barrier beaches, estuaries, salt marshes
and seagrass communities are examined in terms of climate, animals and plants.
An appendix providing descriptions of endangered species from the middle
Atlantic seashore is also included.
World Resources Institute. World Resources. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1992. Ref. HC 10 .W827.
- This source reports the conditions of the world’s natural resources.
Oceans, climate, food production, population, energy sources, tropical
forests and wildlife are some of the global problems and trends focused on
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Compiled by Kelly Lusak,
Revised Summer 1996