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Designed for the undergraduate, introductory environmental science course, the thoroughly updated and redesigned tenth edition of Environmental Science continues to present a comprehensive, student-friendly introduction to contemporary environmental issues with an emphasis on sustainable solutions that meet social, economic, and environmental goals. This acclaimed book is the only text that explores the underlying causes of environmental problems and root-level solutions and presents both sides of many critical issues. Thought-provoking features throughout, including Critical Thinking Exercises, Key Concept and Spotlight on Sustainability boxes, Go Green tips, and Point/Counterpoint debates, along with the updated statistics and data of key issues, encourage readers to become much deeper and more critical thinkers.
Current and highly relevant, the Tenth Edition discusses the challenges of the growing human population and resource depletion and solutions that address these issues in a sustainable manner. Environmental Science also discusses nonrenewable and renewable energy options and their pros and cons, and provides expanded coverage of local, regional, national, and global environmental issues and sustainable solutions. This comprehensive text includes updated coverage of environmental economics, ecology, and the application of science and technology to environmental concerns. With a strong focus on sustainability and critical thinking, a topic the author introduced to the environmental science market, Environmental Science, Tenth Edition is an essential resource for students to understand the impact they have on the environment and ways that they can help solve them.
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Part I Introduction to Environmental Protection: Sustainability, Science, and Systems
Chapter 1 Environmental Science, Sustainability, and Critical Thinking
Chapter 2 Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Chapter 3 Understanding the Root Causes of the Environmental Crisis
Part II Natural Systems/Human Systems: Searching for a Sustainable Relationship
Chapter 4 Principles of Ecology: How Ecosystems Work
Chapter 5 Principles of Ecology: Biomes and Aquatic Life Zones
Chapter 6 Principles of Ecology: Self-Sustaining Mechanisms in Ecosystems
Chapter 7 Human Ecology: Our Changing Relationship with the Environment
Part III The Population Challenge: Solving the World’s Most Pressing Problem Sustainably
Chapter 8 Population: Measuring Growth and Its Impact
Chapter 9 Stabilizing the Human Population: Strategies for Sustainability
Part IV Resource Issues: Solutions for a Sustainable Society
Chapter 10 Creating a Sustainable System of Agriculture to Feed the World's People
Chapter 11 Preserving Biological Diversity
Chapter 12 Grasslands, Forests, and Wilderness: Sustainable Management Strategies
Chapter 13 Water Resources: Preserving Our Liquid Assets and Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems
Chapter 14 Nonrenewable Energy Sources
Chapter 15 Foundations of Sustainable Energy System: Conservation and Renewable Energy
Chapter 16 The Earth and Its Mineral Resources
Chapter 17 Creating Sustainable Cities, Suburbs, and Towns: Sustainable Community Development and Environmental Protection
Part V Learning to Live with the Earth’s Carrying Capacity
Chapter 18 Principles of Toxicology and Risk Assessment
Chapter 19 Air Pollution and Noise: Living and Working in a Healthy Environment
Chapter 20 Global Air Pollution: Ozone Depletion, Acid Deposition, and Global Climate Change
Chapter 21 Water Pollution: Sustainably Managing a Renewable Resource
Chapter 22 Pests and Pesticides: Growing Crops Sustainably
Chapter 23 Hazardous and Solid Wastes: Sustainable Solutions
Part VI Ethics, Economics, and Environment
Chapter 24 Environmental Ethics: The Foundation of a Sustainable Society
Chapter 25 Economics and the Environment
Chapter 26 Law, Government, and Society
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Dan Chiras, Ph.D. is world-renown educator and author of 30 books on environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainability, renewable energy, environmental education, and green building. He has taught at the University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Washington, and Colorado College. Dan has done pioneering work on critical thinking, sustainability, and the root causes of the environmental crisis. He has been involved in environmental issues since the 1970s. Dr. Chiras is currently founder and director of The Evergreen Institute where he teaches classes on residential renewable energy and green building. Dr. Chiras lives in a state of the art green-built, solar- and wind-powered net zero energy home in Gerald, Missouri.