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Environmental ScienceAuthors: Michael L. McKinney, Robert M. Schoch, Logan Yonavjak, Grant Mincy
Putting the Science Back into the Environment
What is the “big picture” in environmental science? Our authors know and effectively communicate it in Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Sixth Edition. Whether you view the subject through a scientific, social, political, or historical lens, you’ll find the concrete foundations here that work for courses in both environmental science and environmental studies. A systems approach is the connective fabric that makes sense of the wealth of topics and data, which demonstrates how aspects of the natural environment interconnect with each other and with human society. A section on Resource Use and Management introduces the concept of sustainability, and another on Dealing with Environmental Degradation discusses threats to the environment and mitigation strategies. A bonus section available online on Social Solutions to Environmental Concerns, discusses the complex issues impacting the environment and the scientific, technological and human behavioural ways to address them. Throughout the text you will find the hard data necessary for a scientific study of the environment and the measured analysis ideal for our time.
Combining evidence-based, contemporary information and data with relevant case studies, practical applications, numerous calculations, and modern references, Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions teaches and engages.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section 1 The Environment and People
Chapter 1 Environmental Science: An Overview
Chapter 2 Human Population Growth
Section 2 The Environment and History of Life on Planet Earth
Chapter 3 The Ever Changing Earth: The Biosphere and Biogeochemical Cycles
Chapter 4 The Distribution of Life on Earth
Chapter 5 The Dynamic Earth and Natural Hazards
Section 3 Resource Use and Management
Chapter 6 People and Natural Resources
Chapter 7 Fundamentals of Energy, Fossil Fuels, and Nuclear Energy
Chapter 8 Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources
Chapter 9 Water Resources
Chapter 10 Mineral Resources
Chapter 11 Conserving Biological Resources
Chapter 12 Land Resources and Management
Chapter 13 Food and Soil Resource
Section 4 Dealing with Environmental Degradation
Chapter 14 Principles of Pollution Control, Toxicology, and Risk
Chapter 15 Water Pollution
Chapter 16 Air Pollution: Local and Regional
Chapter 17 Global Air Pollution: Destruction of the Ozone Layer and Global Climate Change
Chapter 18 Municipal Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste
Section 5 Social Solutions to Environmental Concerns (online only)
Chapter 19 Environmental Economics (online only)
Chapter 20 Historical and Cultural Aspects of Environmental Concerns (online only)