This full-color, introductory environmental science text is known for being concise, conceptual, and value-priced. The approach and reading level cover the basic concepts without overloading students with too much detail. The authors reinforce the text's central theme of interrelationships by providing a historical perspective, information on economic and political realities, discuss the role of different social experiences, and integrate this with the crucial science to describe the natural world and how we affect it.
Science, Politics, & Policy Feature The scientific process leads to the discovery of facts and development of principles that describe how things work. Governments set policy based on social, political, economic, and scientific input. This feature is designed to show how these often conflicting agendas are involved in the ultimate production of policy.
Several Significantly Revised Chapters Every chapter has a new Science, Politics, & Policy reading.
Chapter 17 Climate Change: A 21st Century Issue Chapter 17 is a new chapter. Material about climate change was consolidated into a separate chapter as requested by reviewers.
New Chapter Opening Feature This feature presents an example of a current issue that is germane to the chapter content. The issues involved in the example are easy to visualize and serve as an introduction to the topics covered in the chapter. In many cases, the material in the opening feature is specifically addressed or expanded upon in the chapter.
Revised Art Program More than 100 new photos have been added or substituted throughout the text to depict real-life situations. Over 60 illustrations, graphs, and charts are new or revised to present detailed information in a form that is easier to comprehend than if that same material were presented in text form.
Current Content As with previous editions the authors have incorporated the most recent information available at the time of publication.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Environmental Interrelationships
Chapter 2 Environmental Ethics
Chapter 3 Risk, Economics, and Environmental Concerns
Chapter 4 Interrelated Scientific Principles: Matter, Energy, and Environment
Chapter 5 Interactions: Environments and Organisms
Chapter 6 Kinds of Ecosystems and Communities
Chapter 7 Populations: Characteristics and Issues
Chapter 8 Energy and Civilization: Patterns of Consumption
Chapter 9 Nonrenewable Energy Sources
Chapter 10 Renewable Energy Sources
Chapter 11 Biodiversity Issues
Chapter 12 Land-Use Planning
Chapter 13 Soil and Its Uses
Chapter 14 Agricultural Methods and Pest Management
Chapter 15 Water Management
Chapter 16 Air Quality Issues
Chapter 17 Climate Change: A Twenty-first Century Issue
Chapter 18 Solid Waste Management and Disposal
Chapter 19 Environmental Regulations: Hazardous Substances and Wastes
Chapter 20 Environmental Policy and Decision Making