3. CHEMISTRY AS AN UNDERLYING FORCE IN ECOSYSTEM INTERACTIONS

  1. Anne E. Marteel-Parrish1 and
  2. Martin A. Abraham2

Published Online: 31 JAN 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118720011.ch3

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

How to Cite

Marteel-Parrish, A. E. and Abraham, M. A. (2013) CHEMISTRY AS AN UNDERLYING FORCE IN ECOSYSTEM INTERACTIONS, in Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118720011.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, Washington College

  2. 2

    College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Youngstown State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 JAN 2014
  2. Published Print: 28 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470413265

Online ISBN: 9781118720011

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Keywords:

  • chemistry;
  • ecosystem interactions;
  • ecotoxicology;
  • energy;
  • environmental assessment analysis;
  • nature;
  • pollution prevention

Summary

This chapter puts the concepts of chemistry to work in understanding the interactions between various ecosystems and how specific actions propagate through the environment. It emphasizes the importance of chemistry within the following topics: nature and the environment, energy and its production from chemical sources, waste and pollution prevention, ecotoxicology, and green living. Environmental assessment analysis combines the elements of classification, characterization, significance analysis, and valuation into a single measure that would allow one to compare multiple opportunities to determine which of these would have the least environmental harm. There are many opportunities to decrease our personal environmental footprint and adopt more sustainable personal practices. Using the multiplying power associated with large-scale adoption, it is clear that the greatest force leading to a more sustainable society is the power of the consumer.