Environment : The Science behind the Stories

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  • Format: Hardcover w/CD
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
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Environment: The Science Behind the Stories is an introductory textbook that uses case studies and real data to demonstrate the role of science in identifying and solving pressing environmental problems. The book integrates case studies into the body of the text to provide a contextual framework for the science readers are learning. With only 22 chapters, this book avoids the encyclopedic approach of other textbooks on the market. A panoramic view of environmental science and issues, including the important policy, economic, and ethical issues behind the scientific ones. For college instructors, students, and anyone interested in environmental science and issues.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Environmental Science
An Introduction to Environmental Science
Our Island, Earth
The Nature Of Environmental Science
The Nature Of Science
Environmental Science And The State Of The World
Environmental Ethics and Economics: Values and Choices
Culture, Worldview, And Our Perception Of The Environment
Environmental Ethics
Economics: Old Approaches, New Approaches, And Environmental Implications
Central Case: The Mirrar Clan Confronts the Jabiluka Uranium Mine
Environmental Policy: Decision-Making and Problem-Solving
Environmental Policy: An Introduction
U.S. Environmental Policy: An Overview
Approaches To Environmental Policy
The Environmental Policy Process
International Environmental Law
Central Case: San Diego's and Tijuana's Sewage Pollution Problems and Policy Solutions
From Chemistry and Energy to Life
Chemistry and the Environment
Energy Fundamentals
The Origin Of Life On Earth
The Theory Of Evolution By Natural Selection
Central Case: Bioremediation of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Ecology and Evolution: Populations, Communities, and Biodiversity
Evolution As The Wellspring Of Earth's Biodiversity
Units Of Ecological Organization
Ecology On The Organismal Level
Population Ecology
Beyond Populations To Communities
Humans And The Conservation Of Biodiversity
Central Case: Striking Gold in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest
Environmental Systems: Connections, Cycles, and Feedback Loops
Earth's Environmental Systems
How Environmental Systems Work
Central Case: The Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone."
Environmental Problems and the Search for Solutions
Human Population Growth
Human Population Growth: Baby Six-Billion And Beyond
Central Case: One-Child Policy
Agriculture and Soil Formation, Degradation, and Conservation
Soils: The foundation for feeding a growing human population
Soil as a system
Soil degradation: Problems and solutions
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