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Environmental Science For Dummies

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Series: For Dummies

By: Alecia M Spooner (Author)

384 pages, colour illustrations

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Jul 2012 | #200311 | ISBN-13: 9781118167144
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NHBS Price: £15.99 $19/€18 approx

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The easy way to score high in Environmental Science Environmental science is a fascinating subject, but some students have a hard time grasping the interrelationships of the natural world and the role that humans play within the environment. Presented in a straightforward format, Environmental Science For Dummies gives you plain-English, easy-to-understand explanations of the concepts and material you'll encounter in your introductory-level course.

Here, you get discussions of the earth's natural resources and the problems that arise when resources like air, water, and soil are contaminated by manmade pollutants. Sustainability is also examined, including the latest advancements in recycling and energy production technology. Environmental Science For Dummies is the most accessible book on the market for anyone who needs to get a handle on the topic, whether you're looking to supplement classroom learning or simply interested in learning more about our environment and the problems we face.


Introduction 1

Part I: Demystifying Science and the Environment 7
Chapter 1: Investigating the Environment 9
Chapter 2: Lab Coats and Microscopes: Thinking Scientifically 19
Chapter 3: What's the Matter? Living and Nonliving Material 31
Chapter 4: Making Things Happen: Energy 47

Part II: Planting the Seed: Foundational Concepts in Environmental Science 57
Chapter 5: Studying the Environment and Your Place in It 59
Chapter 6: Exploring Ecosystems 71
Chapter 7: Biogeography: How Earth's Climate Shapes Global Ecosystem Patterns 89
Chapter 8: Playing Well with Others: Population Biology 107

Part III: Getting Your Needs Met: Earth's Natural Resources 129
Chapter 9: Water, Water Everywhere: Freshwater Resources 131
Chapter 10: This Land Belongs to You and Me: Land as a Resource 143
Chapter 11: Dishing It Up: Food Resources 153
Chapter 12: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Biodiversity 175
Chapter 13: Hitting the Hard Stuff: Geologic Resources and Energy 191
Chapter 14: Shifting Gears: Alternative Energy 207

Part IV: Giving a Hoot: Pollution and Environmental Quality 221
Chapter 15: Breathing Room: Addressing Manmade Air Pollution 223
Chapter 16: Drip Drop Splash: Water Pollution 237
Chapter 17: What's Your Poison? Toxins and Infectious Disease 249
Chapter 18: A River of Garbage Runs through It: Solid and Hazardous Waste 263
Chapter 19: Is It Getting Warm in Here? Modern Climate Change 277

Part V: Follow the Recycled Brick Road: A Sustainable Future 295
Chapter 20: Building a Sustainable Future 297
Chapter 21: Cooperating to Sustain the Earth 311 Part VI: The Part of Tens 321
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Live Sustainably 323
Chapter 23: Ten Real-Life Examples of the Tragedy of the Commons 331
Chapter 24: Ten Careers in Environmental Science 337

Index 343

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Alecia M. Spooner teaches Earth and Environmental Sciences at a community college and enjoys developing active-learning science curriculums for adults. Alecia is also the author of Geology For Dummies.

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