Essentials of Environmental Science

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/4/2012
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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With the same non-biased approach, this briefer version of Environmental Science: Foundations and Applicationskeeps the focus on critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, teaching students to distinguish between emotional and factual arguments by always looking at the evidence. By learning how to analyze graphs, and measure environmental impact on various scales, students will be able to interpret the wealth of data they will encounter as citizens, professionals, and consumers. Essentials of Environmental Science: Is the ideal lengthfor the one-semester course (15 chaptersone chapter per week) Is more accessiblethan the bigger book in its level of mathematics (the big book feature, Crunch the Numbers, which allows students to practice calculations, does not appear in this version). Offers the Science Appliedand Engage My Environmentfeatures from the big book in EnviroPortal Streamlines the coverageof ecology, agriculture, energy and water to provide a more focused treatment of the science concepts.

Table of Contents

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

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