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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-12-27
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

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Raven's 8th edition of Environment offers more detailed content than the Visualizing text for a better understanding and integration of the core environmental systems and to view and analyze the role those systems play.  Shorter, but still comprehensive coverage focuses on ethical decision making and key local environmental science issues, requiring readers to think critically about the course material outside of the classroom. Other features include brief text in the comprehensive segment; extensive chapter pedagogy to help reinforce the systems approach; more opportunities to think critically about the how systems intersect and fit together; and new data interpretation questions at the end of each chapter.

Table of Contents

1 Introducing Environmental Science and Sustainability

Human Impacts on the Environment

Population, Resources, and the Environment

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Science

Addressing Environmental Problems

2 Environmental Laws, Economics, and Ethics

A Brief Environmental History of the United States

U.S. Environmental Legislation

Economics and the Environment

Environmental Justice

Environmental Ethics, Values, and Worldviews

3 Ecosystems and Energy

What Is Ecology?

The Energy of Life

The Flow of Energy Through Ecosystems

4 Ecosystems and the Physical Environment

The Cycling of Materials Within Ecosystems

Solar Radiation

The Atmosphere

The Global Ocean

Weather and Climate

Internal Planetary Processes

5 Ecosystems and Living Organisms

Evolution: How Populations Change over Time

Principles of Population Ecology

Biological Communities

Species Richness in a Community

Community Development

6 Major Ecosystems of the World

Earth's Major Biomes

Aquatic Ecosystems

7 Human Health and Environmental Toxicology

Human Health

Environmental Pollution and Disease

Determining Health Effects of Environmental Pollution

Ecotoxicology: Toxicant Effects on Communities and Ecosystems

Decision Making and Uncertainty: Assessment of Risks

8 The Human Population

The Science of Demography

Demographics of Countries

Population and Quality of Life

Reducing the Total Fertility Rate

Government Policies and Fertility

Achieving Population Stabilization

9 The Urban Environment

Population and Urbanization

The City as an Ecosystem

Urban Land Use Planning

Making Cities More Sustainable

10 Energy Consumption

Energy Sources, Consumption, and Policy

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Electricity, Hydrogen, and Energy Storage

Energy Policy


I Review of Basic Chemistry A-1

II Graphing A-6

III Models and Modeling A-8

IV Units of Measure: Some Useful Conversions A-10

V Abbreviations, Formulas, and Acronyms Used in This Text A-11




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