9780138353315

Environmental Science : The Way the World Works

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  • ISBN13:

    9780138353315

  • ISBN10:

    013835331X

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/1/1997
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
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Summary

Organized around the principles of sustainability, this sixth edition explores the interactions of humans with the natural environment. The book probes the environmental issues -- their scientific basis, their history, and the response of societies. In particular, it explores sustainable development and public policy as they shape the present and future. The goal of the book is to enable readers to make a critical evaluation of key issues and put their understanding into practice.

Table of Contents

PART ONE Ecosystems and How They Work 22(115)
1 Introduction: Environmental Science and Sustainability
3(20)
2 Ecosystems: Units of Sustainability
23(28)
3 Ecosystems: How They Work
51(30)
4 Ecosystems In and Out of Balance
81(28)
5 Ecosystems: Adapting to Change
109(28)
PART TWO Finding Balance Among Population, Soil, Water, and Agriculture 137(156)
6 The Global Human Population Explosion: Causes and Consequences
139(26)
7 Addressing the Population Problem
165(22)
8 The Production and Distribution of Food
187(24)
9 Soil and the Soil Ecosystem
211(26)
10 Pests and Pest Control
237(26)
11 Water, the Water Cycle, and Water Management
263(30)
PART THREE Pollution 293(162)
12 Sediments, Nutrients, and Eutrophication
295(26)
13 Sewage Pollution and Rediscovering the Nutrient Cycle
321(24)
14 Pollution from Hazardous Chemicals
345(26)
15 Air Pollution and Its Control
371(28)
16 Major Atmospheric Changes
399(30)
17 Pollution and Public Policy
429(26)
PART FOUR Resources: Biota, Refuse, Energy, and Land 455(174)
18 Wild Species: Biodiversity and Protection
457(1)
19 Wild Species: Biodiversity and Protection
457(52)
20 Converting Trash to Resources
509(20)
21 The Rise (and Fall?) of Fossil Fuels
529(24)
22 Nuclear Power: Promise and Problems
553(26)
23 Solar and Other Renewable Energy Sources
579(26)
24 Lifestyle and Sustainability
605(24)
ABC Video Case Studies, Volumes II and III 629(4)
Appendix A -- Environmental Organizations 633(4)
Appendix B -- Units of Measure 637(2)
Appendix C -- Some Basic Chemical Concepts 639(7)
Appendix D -- Science and the Scientific Method 646(4)
Bibliography and Additional Reading 650(17)
Glossary 667(21)
Index 688

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