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Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions


By: Michael L McKinney (Author), Robert M Schoch (Author), Logan Yonavjak (Author)

696 pages, colour illustrations

Jones & Bartlett

Paperback | Aug 2012 | Edition: 5 | #200661 | ISBN-13: 9781449661397
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Updated with the latest data from the field, Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fifth Edition explains the concepts and teaches the skills needed to understand multi-faceted, and often very complex environmental issues. The authors present the arguments, rebuttals, evidence, and counterevidence from many sides of the debate.

The Fifth Edition includes new Science in Action boxes which feature cutting-edge case studies and essays, contributed by subject matter experts, that highlight recent and ongoing research within environmental science. With an "Earth as a system" approach the text continues to emphasize Earth's intricate web of interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, and how we are central components in these four spheres.

This flexible, unbiased approach highlights:
1. how matter cycles over time through Earth's systems
2. the importance of the input-throughput-output processes that describe the global environment
3. how human activities and consumption modify Earth's systems
4. and the scientific, economic, and policy solutions to environmental problems


Section  1  The Environment and People
  Chapter  1  Environmental Science: An Overview
  Chapter  2  Human Population Growth
Section  2  The Environment of Life on Planet Earth
  Chapter  3  The Biosphere: Populations, Communities, Ecosystems, and Biogeochemical Cycles
  Chapter  4  The Distribution of Life on Earth
  Chapter  5  The Dynamic Earth and Natural Hazards
Section  3  Resource Use and Management
  Chapter  6  People and Natural Resources
  Chapter  7  Fundamentals of Energy, Fossil Fuels, and Nuclear Energy
  Chapter  8  Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources
  Chapter  9  Water Resources
  Chapter  10  Mineral Resources
  Chapter  11  Conserving Biological Resources
  Chapter  12  Land Resources and Management
  Chapter  13  Food and Soil Resources
Section  4  Dealing with Environmental Degredation
  Chapter  14  Principles of Pollution Control, Toxicology, and Risk
  Chapter  15  Water Pollution
  Chapter  16  Air Pollution: Local and Regional
  Chapter  17  Global Air Pollution: Destruction of the Ozone Layer and Global Climate Change
  Chapter  18  Municipal Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste
Section  5  Social Solutions to Environmental Concerns
  Chapter  19  Environmental Economics
  Chapter  20  Historical and Cultural Aspects of Environmental Concerns

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Michael L. McKinney is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also a Professor in the Geological Science Department and the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department. Since 1985, he has taught a variety of courses, focusing on environmental science and biodiversity issues at the undergraduate level.

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