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At just 15 chapters, Essentials of Environmental Science is ideal for a one-semester course. It takes the same non-biased approach as its parent text, teaching students to think critically about data presented. In addition to being briefer, Essentials is even more accessible placing less emphasize on math calculations. The coverage of ecology, agriculture, energy, and water has also been streamlined to provide a more focused treatment of the science concepts.
Rick Relyea is Director of the Jefferson Project at Lake George for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a groundbreaking partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George. For the project, Relyea leads a team of Rensselaer scientists, engineers, computer scientists, and other experts who are using the latest in science and technology to understand, predict and enable a resilient ecosystem for nearby Lake George.
Ch. 1 Introduction to Environmental Science
Ch. 2 Matter, Energy, and Change
Ch. 3 Ecosystem Ecology and Biomes
Ch. 4 Evolution, Biodiversity, and Community Ecology
Ch. 5 Human Population Growth
Ch. 6 Geologic Processes, Soils, and Minerals
Ch. 7 Land Resources and Agriculture
Ch. 8 Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy
Ch. 9 Water Resources and Water Pollution
Ch. 10 Air Pollution
Ch. 11 Solid Waste Generation and Disposal
Ch. 12 Human Health Risk
Ch. 13 Conservation of Biodiversity
Ch. 14 Climate Alteration and Global Change
Ch. 15 Environmental Economics, Equity, and Policy