Written by bestselling author Manuel Molles and acclaimed science journalist Brendan Borrell, this new textbook gives non-major students the scientific foundation they need to understand environmental issues and think critically about possible solutions. Molles and Borrell make clear the connections between research and real-world problems with a "science/issues/solutions" framework for each chapter. This unique approach reinforces a positive, solutions-based framework for the science, empowering students to feel that they can have an impact on preserving biodiversity, protecting natural resources, addressing pollution hazards, confronting climate change, and more.
Environment: Science, Issues, Solutions is accompanied by its own dedicated version of LaunchPad, an online course space bringing together all of the book's teaching and learning media, including graphing exercises, assignable video activities, and more. Together, the text and LaunchPad provide a seamless learning experience for students, and a reliable assessment mechanism for instructors and programs.
1. Humans and the Environment
2. Ecosystems and Economics: Matter, Energy, and Information
3. Population Ecology and Conservation of Endangered Species
4. Ecosystem and Landscape Approaches to Sustaining Biodiversity
5. Human Populations
6. Sustaining Water Supplies
7. Terrestrial Resources
8. Sustaining Fisheries
9. Environmental Health and Toxicology
10. Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
11. Pollution: Air, Water, and Soil
12. Nonrenewable Energy
13. Renewable Energy
14. Atmospheric and Climatic Change
Manuel Molles is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of New Mexico, where he has been a member of the faculty and Curator for the Museum of Southwestern Biology since 1975.
Brendan Borrell is a biologist and journalist who has written about science and the environment for a dozens of outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside, Nature, New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. His reporting at home and abroad has given him a first-hand view of some of the most pressing environmental issues of today.