Five cheers for the Environment!

TERI Press, the publishing wing of TERI, The Energy Research Institute has a set of five books aimed to address issues relating to the environment. Published in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (at least thats what the logos on the covers would seem to imply), this set of five books are specially devised for Indian realities. Edited by or written by T V Ramachandra of the Centre for Ecological Studies at IISc, these books are a valuable collection to the serious environmentalist.




1. Management of Municipal Solid Waste by T V Ramachandra Solid material thrown away as unused from various sectors such as agricultural, commercial, domestic, industrial and institutional constitutes solid wastes. This places an enormous strain on natural resources and seriously undermines efficient and sustainable development. Management of Municipal Solid Waste discusses the ways to salvage the situation through efficient management of solid wastes from waste generation to final disposal. The various processes such as waste generation, collection, storage, processing, recovery, transport, and disposal, are explained with the support of case studies. The book discusses reduction of waste at the source and to foster implementation of integrated solid waste management systems that are cost-effective and protect human health and the environment.








2. Environmental Management by T V Ramachandra and Vijay Kullkarni. Environmental Management has become one of the most used terms in recent times. But, what exactly does the term mean and entail? Environmental management helps to investigate and manage the environment within the context of human influences, incorporating an examination of economics, culture, political structure, and social equity, as well as natural processes and systems. This book discusses in detail the various issues relating to environmental management, including the fundamentals; the various environmental policies, legislations and international treaties; the concept of environmental impact assessment; environmental auditing; life cycle assessment; various environmental management system standards; issues and techniques, and environmental design and economics.has become one of the most used terms in recent times. But, what exactly does the term mean and entail? Environmental management helps to investigate and manage the environment within the context of human influences, incorporating an examination of economics, culture, political structure, and social equity, as well as natural processes and systems. This book discusses in detail the various issues relating to environmental management, including the fundamentals; the various environmental policies, legislations and international treaties; the concept of environmental impact assessment; environmental auditing; life cycle assessment; various environmental management system standards; issues and techniques, and environmental design and economics.



3. Air Pollution Control by S P Mahajan. The air we breathe is being polluted by activities such as vehicles; burning coal, oil, and other fossil fuels; and manufacturing chemicals. Air pollution can even come from smaller, everyday activities such as cooking, space heating, and degreasing and painting operations. These activities add gases and particles to the air we breathe. When these gases and particles accumulate in the air in high enough concentrations, they can harm us and our environment. The module on Air Pollution deals with the various sources of air pollution and the associated environmental and health impacts. It also discusses the appropriate measures to control/prevent the same.


4. Soil and Groundwater Pollution from Agricultural Activities by T V Ramachandra. This book introduces the major agricultural activities in India and their impact on soil and groundwater. It lists the basic aspects of agricultural activities and introduces soil properties, classification and processes, and groundwater characteristics, movement, and recharge aspects. It further discusses soil and groundwater pollution from various sources, impacts of irrigation, drainage, fertilizer, and pesticide. Finally, the book dwells upon conservation and management of groundwater and soil. 


5. Municipal Water and Waste Water Treatment by Rakesh Kumar and R N Singh. The book Municipal Water and Waste Water Treatment provides an overview of the engineering approaches towards protecting water quality, with an emphasis on fundamental principles. It presents water quality objectives and the chemical, physical, and biological processes necessary for designing and managing drinking water and wastewater treatment plants. Theory and conceptual design of systems for treating municipal wastewater and drinking water are discussed. The basic principles of common treatment processes have also been discussed.






Cheer on! These are very reasonably priced, as given below, Rs 2300 for the whole set. Individually:


1. Management of Municipal Solid Waste, Rs 450
2. Environmental Management, Rs 550
3. Air Pollution Control, Rs 350
4. Soil and Groundwater Pollution from Agricultural Activities, Rs 525
5. Municipal Water and Waste Water Treatment, Rs 425


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