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Essential Environment : The Science Behind the Stories

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3rd
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9780805306408

ISBN10:
0805306404
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2009
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Addison Wesley
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Summary

KEY MESSAGE: Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Storiesretains all the popular features of the landmark first editionincluding its integrated central case study approach, and focus on the scientific process, current data and critical thinkingwhile offering expanded coverage of ecology and new hands-on activities that give readers even more opportunity to evaluate and analyze real data. TheSecond Editionfeatures a new chapter on ecology with expanded coverage of community ecology and biomes. Foundations of Environmental Science: An introduction to environmental science, Environmental economics and environmental policy, Environmental systems: Chemistry, energy, and ecosystems, Evolution, biodiversity, and population ecology . Species interactions and community ecology. Environmental Issues and the Search for Solutions: Human population growth, Soils, agriculture, and the future of food, Biodiversity and conservation biology, Urbanization, land use, and resources management, Environmental health and toxicology, Freshwater and marine systems and resources, The atmosphere, air pollution, and global climate change, Nonrenewable energy sources and their environmental impacts, Renewable energy alternatives, Waste management, Sustainable Solutions. For all readers interested in environmental science.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Environmental Science
An Introduction to Environmental Sciencep. 2
Our Island, Earthp. 3
The Nature of Environmental Sciencep. 7
The Nature of Sciencep. 10
Environmental Ethicsp. 15
Environmental Economics and Environmental Policyp. 23
Central Case: San Diego and Tijuana's Sewage Pollution Problems and Policy Solutionsp. 24
Economics: Approaches and Environmental Implicationsp. 24
Environmental Policy: An Overviewp. 34
U.S. Environmental Policyp. 35
International Environmental Policyp. 40
The Environmental Policy Processp. 42
Approaches to Environmental Policyp. 44
Environmental Systems: Chemistry, Energy, and Ecosystemsp. 48
Central Case: The Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone"p. 49
Earth's Environmental Systemsp. 49
Chemistry and the Environmentp. 52
Energy Fundamentalsp. 58
How Environmental Systems Workp. 60
Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecologyp. 75
Central Case: Striking Gold in a Costa Rican Cloud Forestp. 76
Evolution as the Wellspring of Earth's Biodiversityp. 76
Levels of Ecological Organizationp. 83
Population Ecologyp. 84
Species Interactions and Community Ecologyp. 96
Central Case: Black and White, and Spread All Over: Zebra Mussels Invade the Great Lakesp. 97
Species Interactionsp. 98
Ecological Communitiesp. 101
Earth's Biomesp. 111
Environmental Issues and the Search for Solutions
Human Populationp. 122
Central Case: China's One-Child Policyp. 123
Human Population Growth: Baby 6 Billion and Beyondp. 123
Demographyp. 126
Population and Societyp. 132
Soil, Agriculture, and the Future of Foodp. 141
Central Case: No-Till Agriculture in Southern Brazilp. 142
Soil: The Foundation for Agriculturep. 142
Soil Degradation and Conservationp. 145
The Race to Feed the Worldp. 151
Pests and Pollinatorsp. 153
Biotechnology and the Future of Foodp. 156
Feedlot Agriculture: Livestock and Poultryp. 160
Sustainable Agriculturep. 164
Biodiversity and Conservation Biologyp. 168
Central Case: Saving the Siberian Tigerp. 169
Our Planet of Lifep. 169
Biodiversity Loss and Species Extinctionp. 174
Benefits of Biodiversityp. 179
Conservation Biology: The Search for Solutionsp. 181
Cities, Forests, and Parks: Land Use and Resource Managementp. 191
Central Case: Managing Growth in Portland, Oregonp. 192
Our Urbanizing Worldp. 193
Creating Livable Citiesp. 200
Forestry and Resource Managementp. 205
Parks and Reservesp. 212
Environmental Health and Toxicologyp. 217
Central Case: Alligators and Endocrine Disruptors at Lake Apopka, Floridap. 218
Environmental Healthp. 218
Toxic Agents in the Environmentp. 222
Studying Effects of Hazardsp. 228
Risk Assessment and Risk Managementp. 232
Philosophical and Policy Approachesp. 234
Freshwater and Marine Systems and Resourcesp. 239
Central Case: Plumbing the Colorado Riverp. 240
Freshwater Systemsp. 240
How We Use Waterp. 245
Solutions to Freshwater Depletionp. 251
Freshwater Pollution and Its Controlp. 252
Marine Systemsp. 257
Human Impact on the Oceansp. 262
Overfishing and Marine Conservationp. 263
Atmospheric Science, Air Pollution, and Global Climate Changep. 270
Central Case: Rising Temperatures and Seas May Take the Maldives Underp. 271
The Atmospherep. 271
Outdoor Air Pollutionp. 275
Indoor Air Pollutionp. 285
Global Climate Changep. 288
Climate Change Estimates and Predictionsp. 292
Reducing Emissionsp. 296
Nonrenewable Energy Sources, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservationp. 300
Central Case: Oil or Wilderness on Alaska's North Slope?p. 301
Sources of Energyp. 302
Coalp. 305
Natural Gasp. 307
Oilp. 308
Impacts of Fossil Fuel Usep. 312
Energy Conservationp. 317
Nuclear Powerp. 319
Renewable Energy Alternativesp. 328
Central Case: Iceland Moves toward a Hydrogen Economyp. 329
Renewable Energy Sourcesp. 330
Biomass Energyp. 332
Hydroelectric Powerp. 335
Solar Energyp. 337
Wind Energyp. 340
Geothermal Energyp. 344
Ocean Energy Sourcesp. 345
Hydrogenp. 346
Waste Managementp. 353
Central Case: Transforming New York's Fresh Kills Landfillp. 354
Approaches to Waste Managementp. 354
Municipal Solid Wastep. 355
Industrial Solid Wastep. 364
Hazardous Wastep. 365
Epilogue Sustainable Solutionsp. 372
Some Basics on Graphsp. A-1
Metric Systemp. B-1
Periodic Table of the Elementsp. C-1
Geologic Time Scalep. D-1
Glossaryp. G-1
Creditsp. CR-1
Selected Sources and Referencesp. R-1
Indexp. I-1
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