Description Environmental Science: A Global Concern is a comprehensive presentation of environmental science for non-science majors which emphasizes critical thinking, environmental responsibility, and global awareness. This book is intended for use in a one or two-semester course in environmental science, human ecology, or environmental studies at the college or advanced placement high school level. As practicing scientists and educators, the Cunningham author team brings decades of experience in the classroom, in the practice of science, and in civic engagement. This experience helps give students a clear sense of what environmental science is and why it matters in this exciting, new 13th edition.
Environmental Science: A Global Concern provides readers with an up-to-date, introductory global view of essential themes in environmental science. The authors balance evidence of serious environmental challenges with ideas about what we can do to overcome them. An entire chapter focuses on ecological restoration; one of the most important aspects of ecology today. Case studies in most chapters show examples of real progress, and “What Can You Do?” lists give students ideas for contributing to solutions.
Learning to Learn - New boxed essay that explores critical reading of the news ("How Do You Tell the News from the Noise") as well as revised discussions of critical and analytical thinking strategies.
Updated Case Study openers for most chapters, including Ch 13 on the Elwha River, which relates to the cover.
New pedagogical feature on key concepts and section reviews for each major section in a chapter, and quantitative reasoning questions.
Think About It boxes in every chapter provide students critical thinking questions about their personal views for current and future settings.
Global Concern Theme: The text's "global concern" theme is critical because students need to understand that environmental problems and solutions are relevant to all nations and countries and not specific to just North America.
Critical Thinking Emphasis: Throughout the text, the skill of critical thinking is emphasized by asking the reader to view all sides of an issue and to make informed, rational decisions based on ethical values.
This convenient guide matches the articles in Annual Editions: Environment, 33/e with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.
This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues, 16/e with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.
Table of Contents
1 Understanding Our Environment
2 Principles of Science and Systems
3 Matter, Energy, and Life
4 Evolution, Biological Communities, and Species Interactions
5 Biomes: Global Patterns of Life
6 Population Biology
7 Human Populations
8 Environmental Health and Toxicology
9 Food and Hunger
10 Farming: Conventional and Sustainable Practices
11 Biodiversity: Preserving Species
12 Biodiversity: Preserving Landscapes
13 Restoration Ecology
14 Geology and Earth Resources
15 Air, Weather, and Climate
16 Air Pollution
17 Water Use and Management
18 Water Pollution
19 Conventional Energy
20 Sustainable Energy
21 Solid, Toxic, and Hazardous Waste
22 Urbanization and Sustainable Cities
23 Ecological Economics
24 Environmental Policy, Law, and Planning
25 What Then Shall We Do
William P. Cunningham, University of Minnesota, Emeritus Mary Ann Cunningham, Vassar College