9780130831347

Environmental Science: The Way the World Works

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130831347

  • ISBN10:

    0130831344

  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/1/1999
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Summary

Known for its currency and readability, this text focuses on enabling students to critically evaluate the latest environmental issues and to apply that understanding to situations and events in their everyday lives. It explores the interactions of humans within the natural environment and probes issues thoroughlyexamining their scientific basis, their history, and society's response. The authors discuss sustainable development and public policy in terms of how they shape the present and future.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sustainability, Stewardship, and Sound Science 3(20)
PART ONE Ecosystems and How They Work 23(112)
Ecosystems: Units of Sustainability
25(28)
Ecosystems: How They Work
53(28)
Ecosystems: Populations and Succession
81(26)
Ecosystems and Evolutionary Change
107(28)
PART TWO The Human Population 135(48)
The Human Population: Demographics
137(26)
Addressing the Population Problem
163(20)
PART THREE Renewable Resources 183(124)
Soil and the Soil Ecosystem
185(24)
Water: Hydrologic Cycle and Human Use
209(28)
The Production and Distribution of Food
237(22)
Wild Species: Biodiversity and Protection
259(22)
Ecosystems as Resources
281(26)
PART FOUR Energy 307(74)
Energy from Fossil Fuels
309(24)
Nuclear Power: Promise and Problems
333(24)
Renewable Energy
357(24)
PART FIVE Pollution and Prevention 381(172)
Environmental Hazards and Human Health
383(24)
Pests and Pest Control
407(24)
Water: Pollution and Prevention
431(26)
Municipal Solid Waste: Disposal and Recovery
457(18)
Hazardous Chemicals: Pollution and Prevention
475(24)
The Atmosphere: Climate, Climate Change, and Ozone Depletion
499(26)
Atmospheric Pollution
525(28)
PART SIX Toward a Sustainable Future 553(47)
Economics, Public Policy, and the Environment
555(22)
Sustainable Communities and Lifestyles
577(23)
ABC Video Case Studies, Volumes IV 600(5)
Appendix A---Environmental Organizations 605(2)
Appendix B---Units of Measure 607(2)
Appendix C---Some Basic Chemical Concepts 609(6)
Bibliography and Additional Reading 615(14)
Glossary 629(20)
Photo Credits 649(2)
Index 651

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