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For courses in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science as well as Education courses focusing on Math and Science.
This issues workbook takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining simple math and critical thinking to gain insight into relevant local, regional, and global environmental issues. It focuses on sustainability, integrating a broad overview of the essentials throughout the text and providing an in-depth exploration in Part 7, “Sustainability and the Individual.” The presentation of real-world issues and examples fosters the development of the math and analytical skills necessary to truly think critically and to understand these complex issues.
Table of Contents
Basic Concepts and Tools 1
Part One: Principles of Sustainability 17
Part Two: Population and Migration 29
1 Global Population Growth: Is it Sustainable? 29
2 Carrying Capacity and Ecological Footprint 37
3 Coastal Population Growth: Bangladesh 42
4 Population Growth and Migration 48
Part Three: Climate Change 53
5 Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change: Part One 53
6 Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change: Part Two 60
Part Four: Energy 69
7 Oil and Natural Gas 69
8 Coal 81
9 Bringing the World to the U.S. Standard of Living 90
10 Sustainable Energy: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind? 95
Part Five: Consumption and the Quality of Life 105
11 Global Water Supplies: Are They Sustainable? 105
12 Motor Vehicles and the Environment I 118
13 Motor Vehicles and the Environment II: Global Trends 125
14 Whacker Madness? The Proliferation of Turfgrass 132
15 Mountains of Trash: Are They Sustainable? 144
16 Gold Mining: Is It Sustainable? 156
17 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) 166
Part Six: Threats to Ecosystems 175
18 Global Grain Production: Can We Beef It Up? 175
19 Soils and Sustainable Societies 184
20 The State of Global Forests 195
21 Restoring Estuaries: Chesapeake Bay 208
22 Illegal Immigration: Ballast Water and Exotic Species 217
23 Catch of the Day: The State of Global Fisheries 228
Part Seven: Sustainability and the Individual 239
24 Sustainable Communities: Sprawl versus Smart Growth 239
25 Sustainable Coastal Development 247
26 Sustainable Buildings and Housing 25
27 The Three R’s: Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling 265
28 A Sustainable Diet 277
29 The Sustainable Campus 287
30 Restoration Ecology 297