Essential Environment : The Science Behind the Stories

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-09-08
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
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Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Storiesretains all the popular features of its parent volume, Environment: The Science behind the Storiesincluding its integrated central case study approach and its focus on the scientific process, current data, and critical thinkingin a brief 17-chapter book.An introduction to environmental science, Environmental economics and environmental policy, Environmental systems: Chemistry, energy, and ecosystems, Evolution, biodiversity, and population ecology, Species interactions and community ecology, Human population, Soils, agriculture, and the future of food, Biodiversity and conservation biology, Cities, forests, and parks: Land use and resource management, Environmental health and toxicology, Geology, minerals, and mining, Freshwater and marine systems and resources, The atmosphere and air pollution, Global climate change, Nonrenewable energy sources, their impacts, and energy conservation, Renewable energy alternatives, Waste management,Epilogue: Sustainable Solutions.Intended for those interested in learning the basics of environmental science.

Author Biography

Jay H. Withgott is a science and environmental writer with a background in scientific research and teaching. He holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Arizona. As a researcher, he has published scientific papers on topics in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, and conservation biology in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, Evolution, and Animal Behavior. He has taught university-level laboratory courses in ecology, ornithology, vertebrate diversity, anatomy, and general biology.

As a science writer, Jay has authored articles for a variety of journals and magazines including Science, New Scientist, BioScience, Smithsonian, Current Biology, Conservation in Practice, and Natural History. He combines his scientific expertise with his past experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers to make science accessible and engaging for general audiences.

Jay lives with his wife, biologist Susan Masta, in Portland, Oregon.


Scott Brennan has taught environmental science, ecology, resource policy, and journalism at Western Washington University and at Walla Walla Community College. He has also worked as a journalist, photographer, and consultant.

Scott has cultivated his expertise in environmental science and public policy by serving as Campaign Director of Alaskans for Responsible Mining, as Executive Conservation Fellow of the National Parks Conservation Association in Washington, D.C., and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Security Office at the Pentagon. When not at work, Scott is likely to be found exploring the Chugach Mountains and the Bristol Bay drainages in southwest Alaska. He lives with his wife, Angela, and their dogs Raven and Hatcher, in south central Alaska’s Chester Creek Watershed.


Table of Contents

Foundations of Environmental Science
An introduction to environmental science
Environmental economics and environmental policy
Environmental systems: Chemistry, energy, and ecosystems
Evolution, biodiversity, and population ecology
Species interactions and community ecology
Environmental Issues and the Search for Solutions
Human population
Soils, agriculture, and the future of food
Biodiversity and conservation biology
Cities, forests, and parks: Land use and resource management
Environmental health and toxicology
Geology, minerals, and mining
Freshwater and marine systems and resources
The atmosphere and air pollution
Global climate change
Nonrenewable energy sources, their impacts, and energy conservation
Renewable energy alternatives
Waste management
Epilogue: Sustainable Solutions
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