His arrangement is by the five spheres of the environment: the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, the geosphere, the biosphere, and the anthrosphere
or built environment.
The book begins with a framework for looking at interactions of water in the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and anthrosphere
(the part of the environment constructed and operated by humans).
It provides clear explanations to important concepts such as the anthrosphere
, industrial ecosystems, geochemistry, aquatic chemistry, and atmospheric chemistry, including the study of ozone-depleting chloro-fluorocarbons.
The first two chapters provide a conceptual overview, broadly defining environmental chemistry and describing the natural realms (water, air, and soil), their interactions with life (biosphere), and the impact of humans (anthrosphere
) on all of these.
He emphasizes the anthrosphere
and sustainability, and first discusses concepts in the field, then specific environmental problems.
This best-selling textbook provides updated material in the rapidly developing area of environmental chemistry and emphasizes several major concepts essential to the practice of environmental chemistry, including the concept of the anthrosphere
as a distinct sphere of the environment and the practice of industrial ecology.