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Open Educational Resources: Environmental Science

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Pollution Prevention and Control: Part I

"This book is about protecting human and environmental health through an understanding of the fate of pollutants in the environment, toxicity, risk assessment, and the scientific basis for regulations" (

Management of Hazardous Wastes

"The book Management of Hazardous Wastes contains eight chapters cover[s] . . . hazardous waste management and microbial bioremediation. This book will be useful . . . in the scope of development in waste management program including sources of hazardous waste, government policies on waste generation, and treatment with particular emphasis on bioremediation technology" (InTechOpen).

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation

"This text is designed to introduce the reader to the essential concepts of sustainability. This subject is of vital importance seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet but is only peripherally served by existing college textbooks" (OER Commons).

Toward Environmental Justice: Research, Education, and Health Policy Needs

"This online book uses five case studies to investigate whether environmental degradation is worse in poor and minority communities, and if these communities suffer more adverse health effects as a result. The book makes recommendations to decision makers in the areas of public health, research, and education of health professionals, and outlines health policy considerations" (OER Commons).

Climate, Ecosystems, and Infectious Disease

"This online book evaluates the current understanding of the linkages among climate, ecosystems, and infectious disease. It outlines the research needed to improve the understanding of these linkages and examines the potential for using climate forecasts and ecological observations to help predict infectious disease outbreaks" (OER Commons).

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