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Environment: The Science Behind the Stories

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2017-01-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Supplemental Materials

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For courses in introductory environmental science.


Help Students Connect Current Environmental Issues to the Science Behind Them

Environment: The Science behind the Stories is a best seller for the introductory environmental science course known for its student-friendly narrative style, its integration of real stories and case studies, and its presentation of the latest science and research. The 6th Edition features new opportunities to help students see connections between integrated case studies and the science in each chapter, and provides them with opportunities to apply the scientific process to environmental concerns.

Also available with Mastering Environmental Science

Mastering  Environmental Science is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment system designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature personalized wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience and help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; Mastering  Environmental Science does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Environmental Science, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.


If you would like to purchase both the physical text and Mastering Environmental Science, search for:

0134145933 / 9780134145938  Environment: The Science behind the Stories Plus Mastering Environmental Science with eText -- Access Card Package

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Author Biography

Jay Withgott is the primary author and has been with the book since the first edition. He is a seasoned science writer.


Matt Laposata teaches at Kennesaw State University, where over 4000 undergraduates take the Introduction to Environmental Science course each year. Matt brings a fresh, teaching¿-based perspective to the book thanks to his classroom experience. Matt’s research interests are in science education and he has been a part of several NSF-funded projects specifically aimed at improving environmental science education.

Table of Contents


1. Science and Sustainability

Our Island, Earth

The Nature of Environmental Science

The Nature of Science

Sustainability and Our Future


2. Earth’s Physical Systems

Matter, Chemistry, and the Environment

Energy: An Introduction

Geology: The Physical Basis for Environmental Science

Geologic and Natural Hazards


3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology

Evolution: The Source of Earth’s Biodiversity

Ecology and the Organism

Population Ecology

Conserving Biodiversity


4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology

Species Interactions

Ecological Communities

Earth’s Biomes


5. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology

Earth’s Environmental Systems


Biogeochemical Cycles


6. Ethics, Economics, and Sustainable Development

Culture, Worldview, and the Environment

Environmental Ethics

Economics and the Environment

Sustainable Development


7. Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy: An Overview

U.S. Environmental Law and Policy

International Environmental Policy

Approaches to Environmental Policy


8. Human Population

Our World at Seven Billion


Population and Society


9. The Underpinnings of Agriculture

The Changing Face of Agriculture

Soil: A Foundation of Agriculture

Water for Agriculture

Nutrients for Plants


Conserving Agricultural Resources


10. Making Agriculture Sustainable

The Race to Feed the World

Raising Animals for Food

Preserving Crop Diversity and Pollinators

Controlling Pests and Weeds

Genetically Modified Food

Organic Agriculture

Sustainable Food Production


11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

Life’s Diversity on Earth

Benefits of Biodiversity

Biodiversity Loss and Extinction

Conservation Biology: The Search for Solutions


12. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas

Forest Ecosystems and Forest Resources

Forest Loss

Forest Management

Parks and Protected Areas


13. The Urban Environment

Our Urbanizing World


Creating Livable Cities

Urban Sustainability


14. Environmental Health and Toxicology

Environmental Health

Toxic Substances and Their Effects on Organisms

Toxic Substances and Their Effects on Ecosystems

Studying Effects of Hazards

Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Philosophical and Policy Approaches

15. Freshwater Systems and Resources

Freshwater Systems

Solutions to Depletion of Fresh Water

Freshwater Pollution and Its Control


16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources

The Oceans

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Marine Pollution

Emptying the Oceans

Marine Conservation


17. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality, and Pollution Control

The Atmosphere

Outdoor Air Quality

Ozone Depletion and Recovery

Addressing Acid Deposition

Indoor Air Quality


18. Global Climate Change

Our Dynamic Climate

Studying Climate Change

Current and Future Trends and Impacts

Responding to Climate Change


19. Fossil Fuels

Sources of Energy

Fossil Fuels: Their Formation, Extraction, and Use

Reaching Further for Fossil Fuels

Addressing Impacts of Fossil Fuel Use

Energy Efficiency and Conservation


20. Conventional Energy Alternatives

Alternatives to Fossil Fuels

Nuclear Power


Hydroelectric Power


21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives

“New” Renewable Energy Sources

Solar Energy

Wind Power

Geothermal Energy

Ocean Energy Sources

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells


22. Managing Our Waste

Approaches to Waste Management

Municipal Solid Waste

Industrial Solid Waste

Hazardous Waste


23. Minerals and Mining

Earth’s Mineral Resources

Mining Methods and Their Impacts

Toward Sustainable Mineral Use


24. Sustainable Solutions

Sustainability on Campus

Strategies for Sustainability

Precious Time




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