574 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, tables
Environmental Science: Foundations and Applications, takes a non-biased approach to teaching students how to evaluate arguments and make sense of the headlines. Students learn to draw their own conclusions by analyzing facts and data, using critical thinking, and applying simple mathematical calculations.
“This text artfully engages the fundamental concepts of environmental science in an approachable yet quantitative manner.”
- Bryan G. Mark, The Ohio State University
“It is current and uses examples that a typical American college student can relate to. It explains the basic science and math with every subject which is what makes it a cut above most other texts.”
- Karen Gaines, Eastern Illinois University
Chapter 1 Environmental Science: Studying the State of Our Earth
Chapter 2 Environmental Systems: Matter, Energy, and Change
Science Applied: Were We Successful in Halting the Growth of the Ozone Hole?
Chapter 3 Ecosystem Ecology: Interactions Between the Living and Non-Living Worlds
Chapter 4 Global Climates and Biomes: Geographic Variations in Temperature and Precipitation
Chapter 5 Evolution and Biodiversity: Origin and Diversification of Organisms
Science Applied: How Should We Prioritize the Protection of Species Diversity?
Chapter 6 Population and Community Ecology: Distribution and Abundance of Species
Chapter 7 Human Populations: Patterns and Processes of Human Population Growth
Science Applied: How Can We Manage Overabundant Animal Populations?
Chapter 8 Earth’s Resources: Geologic Processes, Soil, and Minerals
Chapter 9 Water Resources: Supply, Distribution, and Use
Science Applied: Is There a Way to Resolve the California Water Wars?
Chapter 10 Land: Public and Private
Chapter 11 Agriculture: Feeding the World
Science Applied: How Do We Define Organic Food?
Chapter 12 Nonrenewable Energy: Coal, Oil, Natural Gas, and Nuclear Fuels
Chapter 13 Renewable Energy: Innovative Uses of Earth, Sun, Wind, and Water
Science Applied: Should Corn Become Fuel?
Chapter 14 Water Pollution: Causes and Effects
Chapter 15 Air Pollution: Causes, Effects, and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
Chapter 16 Waste: Solid Waste Generation and Disposal Systems
Chapter 17 Human Health and Toxicology: Environmental Sources of Health Risk
Science Applied: Is Recycling Always Good For the Environment?
Chapter 18 Conservation of Biodiversity: Protection of Earth’s Species and Ecosystems
Chapter 19 Global Change: Climate Alteration and Global Warming
Chapter 20 Working Toward Sustainability: Environmental Economics, Equity, and Policy
Science Applied: Can We Solve the Carbon Crisis Using Cap and Trade?
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