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Essential Environment : The Science behind the Stories

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1st
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9780805344875

ISBN10:
080534487X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, Brief Versionis an introductory textbook that uses case studies and real data to demonstrate the role of science in solving pressing environmental problems. Dynamic central case studies are integrated throughout each chapter, capturing readers'attention and providing them with a contextual framework on which to build their understanding of concepts in environmental science. Science Behind the Story boxes explain how scientists know what they know about environmental problems, while opposing viewpoints on contentious environmental issues allow readers to hear both sides of the story. With only 14 chapters, the book \f1\b \f0\b0 avoids the encyclopedic approach of other textbooks on the market and instead offers only the essential concepts, theories, and principles of environmental science. In particular, the authors have condensed the material on environmental policy, agriculture, atmosphere, and water, providing the reader with the essential material they need in a more concise, affordable format.An Introduction to Environmental Science, Environmental Economics and Policy, Chemistry, Energy, and Environmental Systems, Ecology and Evolution, Human Population Growth, Soils and Agriculture, Toxicology and Environmental Health, Atmospheric Science, Air Pollution, and Climate Change, Marine and Freshwater Resources, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Land Use, Forest Management, and Creating Livable Cities, Nonrenewable Energy Sources and Their Environmental Impacts, Renewable Energy Sources, Waste Management.For all readers interested in using case studies and real data to demonstrate the role of science in solving pressing environmental problems.}

Table of Contents

Foundations of Environmental Science
An Introduction to Environmental Science
Our Island, Earth
The Nature of Environmental Science
The Nature of Science
Worldviews and Environmental Ethics
Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy
Central Case Study: San Diego and Tijuana's Sewage Pollution Problems and Policy Solutions
Economic Approaches
Economics and Environmental Implications
An Overview of Environmental Policy
U.S. Environmental Policy
The Environmental Policy Process
International Environmental Policy
Environmental Systems: Chemistry, Energy, and Ecosystems
Central Case Study: The Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone"
Environmental Systems
Chemistry and the Environment
Energy Fundamentals
Biomes
Earth's Environmental Cycles
Ecology and Evolution: Populations, Communities, and Biodiversity
Central Case Study: Striking Gold in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest
Evolution by Natural Selection
Evolution as the Wellspring of Earth's Biodiversity
Units of Ecological Organization
Population Ecology
Community Ecology
Environmental Problems and The Search for Solutions
Human Population Growth
Central Case Study: China's One Child Policy
Overview of Human Population Growth
Demography
Population and Society
Soils, Agriculture, and the Future of Food
Central Case Study: No-till Agriculture in Southern Brazil
The Science of Soil
Soil Degradation and Conservation
Feeding a Growing Human Population
Pest Management
Biotechnology and the Future of Food
Toxicology and Environmental Health
Central Case Study: Alligators and Endocrine Disruptors at Lake Apopka, Florida
Toxic Agents in the Environment
Studying the Effects of Toxicants
Environmental Health Hazards
Risk Assessment and Risk Management
Philosophical Approaches and Policy
The Atmosphere, Air Pollution, and Global Climate Change
Central Case Study: Rising Temperature and Seas May Take the Maldives Under
Atmospheric Science
Outdoor Air Pollution
Indoor Air Pollution
Global Climate Change
Studying Climate Change
Climate Change Estimates and Predictions
Strategies for Emissions Reduction
Freshwater and Marine Resources
Central Case Study: Plumbing the Colorado River
Freshwater Systems
Use and Depletion of Freshwater
Pollution of Freshwater
Marine Systems
Use and Impacts: Emptying the Oceans
Marine Conservation Biology
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Central Case Study: Saving the Siberian Tiger
Our Planet of Life
Biodiversity Loss and Species Extinction
Benefits of Biodiversity
Conservation Biology
Land Use, Forest Management, and Creating Livable Cities
Central Case Study: The Chicago-Area Forest Preserve System
Our Urbanizing World
Forestry, Land Use, and Resource Management
Parks, Reserves, and Wildlands
Creating Livable Cities
Nonrenewable Energy Sources and Their Environmental Impacts
Central Case Study: Oil or Wilderness on Alaska's North Slope?Sources of Energy
Fossil Fuels
Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuel Use
Political, Social, and Economic Impacts of Fossil Fuel Use
Nuclear Power
Energy Conservation
Renewable Energy Sources
Central Case Study: Iceland Moves toward a Hydrogen Economy
Biomass
Hydroelectric Power
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Geothermal Energy
Ocean Energy Sources
Hydrogen
Waste Management
Central Case Study: Dump-Dwellers and Manila's Garbage Crisis
Types of Waste
Municipal Solid Waste
Industrial Solid Waste
Hazardous Waste
Wastewater and Sewage Treatment
Epilogue: Sustainable Solutions
Periodic Table of the Elements
The Metric System
Glossary
References
Credits
Index
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