Roland E. Hester and Roy M. Harrison (Eds): Environmental Impacts of Road Vehicles. Past, Present and Future
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The book starts with an introductory survey and then moves on to the next chapter dealing with all the emissions from IC engines (CO2, NO x and particulates). In view of the recent concerns about manufacturer’s claims this is particularly (no pun intended) relevant. The third chapter (it should be noted here that there are no chapter numbers in the book) deals in detail with IC engine emissions including such topics as the addition of various additives such as TEL and methyl cyclopentadiene manganese tricarbonyl (a new one to me). The fourth chapter is concerned with water and soil pollution and the next one is about the health effects of road traffic noise.
The later chapters consider future trends such as electric vehicles and the possibilities of hydrogen-fueled engines. The two final chapters deal with the end-of-life fate of vehicles and recycling.
Although this is a multi-author book, the editors have done an excellent job in welding it into a uniform whole. The book has wide appeal not only for the general reader but also for specialists such as environmentalists, petroleum chemists, engine designers and car manufacturers. As such it should find a ready market.