ENVIRONMENT Edited by Professor Rathindra Narayan Basu University of Kolkata , 2002
Pages – 232 Price – Rs. 100
The book ”Environment” is the edited publication of multitude of the scholar’s opinions in their articles regarding the problems on earth related to environment. Drastic changes are observed in the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment which degenerated the natural phenomenon. In the present book, authors are mainly concerned with the man-made changes that are taking place in the world and they have provided the basic conceptual frame of reference to make the environment as natural as possible. The book has kept into mind the solution of the problems of the world with an insight into the inter-disciplinary type of researches.
The book consists of ten chapters followed by a glossary of specific terms and terminologies which are frequently used in the environmental studies. Professor Tarak Mohan Das has provided an appropriate and specific introduction which provides the foundation stone of the other chapters for the purpose of comprehension. The second chapter has been written by Professor Pijush Kanti Saha and he has also prepared the text of fifth chapter. In those chapters, he has, lucidly and scientifically, explained the origin of the solar system, the evolution of the earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, the climate system and atmospheric disturbances, the gaseous and sedimentary cycles, which provide the common concept of inter-relationships of balance and beauty of nature. The fifth chapter by the author provides pertinent issues of land and water resources, which includes the various land use patterns and also explains hydrologic cycles. Professor Subhendu Mukherji and Professor Naresh Chandra Datta have dealt in the third chapter, the salient features of the earth’s ecosystem with pertinent illustrations related to the flora and fauna in the different biomes of the world. In the fourth chapter, Professor Prabuddha Nath Ray dealt with the issues of population and environment in which he had highlighted the demographic transition over the years, the carrying capacity of land, economic development in interaction with environment in the developed and developing countries. He had elaborately discussed the plight of the third world countries fighting hard for economic development existing due to the population explosion, meagre non- renewable resources, and local and global environmental problems created by the need for rapid industrialization. Dr. Jyoti Prokash Ghosh has elaborately discussed in the sixth chapter, the genesis of the air pollution and the multi-national manifestations of gaseous and particulate pollutants alongwith a very informative section of greenhouse gases. In addition to this, he has also provided to the reader the outlines of the problemsof noise and odour pollution. In the seventh chapter, on energy sources, Professor Dilip Kumar Basu has signified that energy is a decisive factor in economic development. He has covered in an organized way the various aspects of energy sources and power generation. He has considered in details, merits and demerits of various technologies of power generation keeping in view, the environment friendly sustainable nature. In the eighth chapter, Dr.Amiya Kumar Hati has expressed his views on the vital issue of environment and public health including the environment related elements and diseases and their possible remedies. In the ninth chapter, Professor Binay Kanti Datta and Professor Sudip Kumar Banerjee have deeply described the specific issue of pollution and waste management especially for municipal waste water and solid wastes, gaseous and particulate industrial pollutant and he has lucidly explained the global problem of persistent organic pollutants. In the tenth chapter, Professor Prabuddha Nath Ray, Dr. Ishita Mukherji, Dr. Ratnabali Chatterjee and Dr.Syamal Chakroborti have expressed elaborately, the salient features of the environmental policies and instruments, pertinent issue of women in relation to environment in general and environmental degradation in particular, the legal obstacles in enforcing environmental regulations, Green Bench, pertinent environment related movements in the country and they have also pointed out the ethical issues pertaining to the environment. At the end, the book has been provided by a glossary of pertinent environmental terms which could provide the readers a key to acquaintance with the common terms as used in the book.
The Editor Professor Rathindra Narayan Basu has made an attempt to avoid overlapping of scientific analysis of the different aspects of environment, he could not do it. It is possibly because he did not like to disturb the scientific analytical justification of the environmental studies as made by different authors. Infact, in academic interest that had been deliberately done in some of the chapters so as to make them self-explicit to a certain extent. From the view point of inter-disciplinary research, the book could not justify its objectives. However the approach taken by the Editor seems to be a multi-disciplinary approach. At the end, it may be stated that the book will provide the readers, the basic information related to the environmental issues. Life Is Full of Hopes August 3, 2007 Write your abstract here.