About the Book :-
Constantly increasing environmental awareness and on readers demand, the book has deservedly earned its fourth edition. While retaining all its basic features, the text has been completely revised and updated assimilating necessary amendments while keeping its originality and presentation pattern intact. Latest information on topics of various Ecosystems, Ecological Pyramids, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Pollution, Population Growth etc. has been included. New additions like Global Cooling, El Nino and La Nina, Sunderland (hot spots) will further augment merit of the text. Acute shortage of electricity is adversely affecting development of the Country. The estimated demand for energy will be four times more by 2025. At present, there is no clear and definite vision to fulfil such a massive requirement of electricity in the future. Nuclear energy seems to be perhaps the only alternate that the government is focusing on. This problem has been freshly evaluated in the text. Inclusion of recent data of census (2011), urbanisation and automobile pollution, new boxes and updated special environment calendar will further enhance its utility inducing environmental awareness. Introductory contribution of Shri Kailash Satyarthi, the recent Nobel Laureate for Peace (2014) is appropriately cited.
UNIT I Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies, UNIT II Natural Resources: Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources, UNIT III Ecosystems, UNIT IV Biodiversity and its Conservation, Unit V Environmental Pollution, UNIT VI Social Issues and the Environment, UNIT VII Human Population and the Environment, UNIT VIII Field Work.
About the Authors:-
Prof. S.P. Misra, formerly Senior Reader, Biopollution Study Centre, Department of Botany, Christ Church College, C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur, has a long experience of teaching Botany and Environmental Sciences. During his active service, he kept himself engaged in research publications and attending National and International Conferences. Credited with co-organising two National Conferences on the Environment, he has attended Millennium Wetland Event-2000, an Intemational Conference, at Canada and presented his paper and undergone a course on Wetland Restoration and Conservation conducted by Ducks Unlimited. He is the author of Taxonomy of Angiosperms, Plant Tissue Culture and Environment and Ecology published by Ane Books Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.
Dr. S.N. Pandey, formerly Principal, B.R.D. College, formerly Sr. Reader, Botany Deptt., D.A-V. College, C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur, passed M.Sc. (1966) in first division with first position from Agra University and obtained Ph.D. from Kanpur University. He has published over 70 research papers in reputed Indian and foreign research journals, and has supervised several students leading to Ph.D. degree. While he has co-organised 1 international and 3 national conferences, he has also attended several international conferences including International Botanical Congress, Berlin; Millennium Wetland Event, 2000, Quebec; refresher course with Ducks Unlimited, Canada etc. and has visited countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, USA, UK, Canada etc. Besides vast and variegated teaching experience both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels of over 40 years, he has to his credit a few well-acclaimed books—Plant Physiology, Textbook of Botany (3 vols.), Taxonomy of Angiosperms, Environment and Ecology. He is the Chief Editor of Research Journal of Plant and Environment.