9780495383376

Environmental Science : Problems, Connections and Solutions

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495383376

  • ISBN10:

    0495383376

  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/28/2008
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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Summary

Environmental issues affect every part of your life. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: WORKING WITH THE EARTH, Twelfth Edition, shows you how nature works, how we interact with it, and how we have sustained--and can continue to sustain--our relationship with the earth by applying nature’s lessons to our economies and individual lifestyles. This central theme of sustainability--the ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions--is clarified by an emphasis on natural capital (resources) and degradation, solutions, trade-offs, and the importance of individuals. If you have little or no science background, the book provides you with a solid grounding in the basics that will help you better understand environmental science concepts. Case studies--on topics ranging from the importance of insects to the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone Park to the world of nanotechnology--illustrate key topics and issues that affect your life. These cases inspire How Would You Vote? questions, which sharpen your critical thinking by asking you to consider facts, conflicting solutions, and trade-offs surrounding the issues, and then cast your vote. Multimedia resources offer other ways to learn. ThomsonNOW features Personalized Study Plans and interactive exercises and animations that help you master concepts. MP3 audio study tools can be included with your text at your instructor’s request, or can be purchased separately through www.iChapters.com. There’s an eBook too, which is available for purchase.

Table of Contents

Humans and Sustainability: an Overview
Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability
Ecology and Sustainability
Science, Matter, and Energy
Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
Evolution and Biodiversity
Climate and Biodiversity
Community Ecology, Population Ecology, and Sustainability
Applying Population Ecology: The Human Population
Sustaining Biodiversity
Sustaining Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach
Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach
Sustaining Resources and Environmental Quality
Food, Soil Conservation, and Pest Management
Water and Water Pollution
Geology and Nonrenewable Minerals
Energy
Risk, Human Health, and Toxicology
Air Pollution
Climate Change and Ozone Loss
Solid and Hazardous Waste
Sustaining Human Societies
Environmental Economics, Politics, and Worldviews
Science Supplements
Glossary
Index
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