Environment: The Science behind the Stories (6e) : 9780134204888

Environment: The Science behind the Stories (6e)

Withgott & Laposata
 
Edition
 
6
ISBN
 
9780134204888
ISBN 10
 
0134204883
Published
 
04/01/2017
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
784
Format
 
In stock
 
Title type
Book
$267.99
 
 
Title type
 
$65.00
 
 
Description

For courses in introductory environmental science.

 

Help Students Connect Current Environmental Issues to the Science Behind Them

 

Environment: The Science behind the Stories is a best seller for the introductory environmental science course known for its student-friendly narrative style, its integration of real stories and case studies, and its presentation of the latest science and research. The 6th Edition features new opportunities to help students see connections between integrated case studies and the science in each chapter, and provides them with opportunities to apply the scientific process to environmental concerns.

Table of contents
  • 1. Science and Sustainability
  • 2. Earth’s Physical Systems
  • 3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology
  • 4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology
  • 5. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology
  • 6. Ethics, Economics, and Sustainable Development
  • 7. Environmental Policy
  • 8. Human Population
  • 9. The Underpinnings of Agriculture
  • 10. Making Agriculture Sustainable
  • 11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • 12. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas
  • 13. The Urban Environment
  • 14. Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • 15. Freshwater Systems and Resources
  • 16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources
  • 17. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality, and Pollution Control
  • 18. Global Climate Change
  • 19. Fossil Fuels
  • 20. Conventional Energy Alternatives
  • 21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives
  • 22. Managing Our Waste
  • 23. Minerals and Mining
  • 24. Sustainable Solutions
New to this edition

About the Book

  • Updated Integrated Central Case Studies begin and are woven throughout each chapter, highlighting the real people, real places, and real data behind environmental issues. Revised throughout and updated with current stories, the Central Case Studies draw students in, providing a contextual framework to make science memorable and engaging. New topics include:
    • Chapter 9:  Farm to Table—And Back Again: The Commons at Kennesaw State University
    • Chapter 10:  Can Organic Farming and GMOs Coexist?
    • Chapter 15:  Conserving Every Drop in California
    • Chapter 18:  From the Maldives to Miami, Rising Seas Take a Toll
    • Chapter 22:  A Mania for Recycling on Campus
  • Updated Science behind the Story essays provide a current and fascinating selection of examples of real research that delves into environmental issues. Each essays highlights how scientists develop hypotheses, test predictions, and analyze and interpret data. These fascinating profiles of current research help students understand “how we know what we know” about environmental issues. New topics include:
    • Chapter 2:  Are the Earthquakes Rattling Oklahoma Caused by Human Activity? 
    • Chapter 10:  What Are the Impacts of GM Crops?
    • Chapter 11:  Can Forensic DNA Analysis Help Save Elephants?
    • Chapter 15:  Are We Destined for a Future of “Megadroughts” in the United States?
    • Chapter 23:  Can Acid Mine Drainage Reduce Fracking’s Environmental Impact?
  • “Closing the Loop” features bring Central Case Studies full circle by revisiting the Case Study from the start of the chapter at the end of every chapter. This new feature will encourage students to think critically about the issue laid out within the chapter and summarize the relationship between concepts in the chapter and the case study itself.
  • Case Study Connection questions at the end of every chapter will allow instructors to assign questions specific to the case study example that prompt students to think about both the problems and solutions to the environmental issue explored in the chapter.
  • A new overview in Chapter 1 examines how and why scientists use different types of graphs to convey scientific information.
  • Reviewing Objectives sections at the end of each chapter align with chapter-opening learning objectives and provide new visual cues to help make review more accessible to students.
  • A new chapter opener design will more readily engage students in the contents of the course and help students to better visualize the global nature of environmental issues with a new approach to each map.
  • Expanded Data Qs are data analysis questions paired with figures in each chapter that help students develop their scientific literacy skills.
  • Additional content updates include the latest on the fracking debate, changes to China’s one child policy, the drought in the western United States, the latest coverage global climate policy including the Paris Agreement, sea level rise in Florida, and more.

Also available with Mastering Environmental Science

Mastering Environmental Science is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment system designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature personalized wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience and help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

  • Case Study Tours use Google Earth and striking images delivered in a 2 to 3 minute, highly engaging video to bring each chapter opening case study to life. Over 20 video tours encourage students to immerse themselves in the theme of the chapter and allow instructors to assign the experience through Mastering Environmental Science.
  • GraphIt activities are designed to help students read, interpret and create graphs that explore real environmental issues and real data. All 10 interactive activities explore current topics such as ocean acidification, nutrient cycling, freshwater availability, the carbon footprint of the average American diet, and more and are mobile-friendly, and assignable in Mastering. 
  • Everyday Environmental Science video activities connect environmental science course topics with current stories in the news. Produced by the BBC, these high-quality videos can be assigned for pre- and post-lecture homework, or can be shown in class to engage students in the topic at hand.
  • Interpreting Graphs and Data activities and Process of Science activities help students practice quantitative literacy and scientific reasoning skills. Students learn to analyze data, develop a hypothesis or make a prediction. Each activity includes personalized feedback for wrong answers.

Also new to Mastering Environmental Science:

  • Dynamic Study Module
    • Instructors can now remove questions from Dynamic Study Modules to better fit their course
  • Learning Catalytics updates include:
    • Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions
    • Team names are no longer case sensitive
  • eText 2.0 now offers a mobile optimized eText, includes features such as note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search in an entirely accessible (screen-reader ready) format.The etext 2.0 offers offline access on iOS or Android phones and tablets through the etext 2.0 mobile app.

 

Features & benefits
  • Updated! Integrated Central Case Studies begin and are woven throughout each chapter, highlighting the real people, real places, and real data behind environmental issues. Revised throughout and updated with current stories, the Central Case Studies draw students in, providing a contextual framework to make science memorable and engaging. New topics include:
    • Chapter 9:  Farm to Table–And Back Again: The Commons at Kennesaw State University
    • Chapter 10:  Can Organic Farming and GMOs Coexist?
    • Chapter 15:  Conserving Every Drop in California
    • Chapter 18:  From the Maldives to Miami, Rising Seas Take a Toll
    • Chapter 22:  A Mania for Recycling on Campus

 

 

  • Updated! Science behind the Story essays provide a current and fascinating selection of examples of real research that delves into environmental issues. Each essays highlights how scientists develop hypotheses, test predictions, and analyse and interpret data. These fascinating profiles of current research help students understand “how we know what we know” about environmental issues. New topics include:
    • Chapter 2:  Are the Earthquakes Rattling Oklahoma Caused by Human Activity? 
    • Chapter 10:  What Are the Impacts of GM Crops?
    • Chapter 11:  Can Forensic DNA Analysis Help Save Elephants?
    • Chapter 15:  Are We Destined for a Future of “Megadroughts” in the United States?
    • Chapter 23:  Can Acid Mine Drainage Reduce Fracking’s Environmental Impact?
  • NEW! “Closing the Loop” features bring Central Case Studies full circle by revisiting the Case Study from the start of the chapter at the end of every chapter. This new feature will encourage students to think critically about the issue laid out within the chapter and summarise the relationship between concepts in the chapter and the case study itself.
  • NEW! Case Study Connection questions at the end of every chapter will allow instructors to assign questions specific to the case study example that prompt students to think about both the problems and solutions to the environmental issue explored in the chapter.
  • Weighing the Issues questions encourage students to develop critical-thinking skills, grapple with ethical questions, and apply what they have learned as they go through each chapter.
  • Calculating Ecological Footprint activities at the end of every chapter allow students to quantify the environmental impact of their own actions, then scale these impacts up to the societal level.
  • Campus Sustainability coverage in the final chapter shows how students are helping to forge sustainable solutions on campuses across North America.
  • FAQs examine common misconceptions students often hold about environmental issues.
  • Expanded! Data Qs are data analysis questions paired with figures in each chapter that help students develop their scientific literacy skills.
  • NEW! A new overview in Chapter 1 examines how and why scientists use different types of graphs to convey scientific information. This content, formerly only discussed in the appendix, now helps students prepare to readily use data literacy skills throughout the course.
  • NEW! Reviewing Objectives sections at the end of each chapter align with chapter-opening learning objectives and provide new visual cues to help make review more accessible to students.
  • NEW! A new chapter opener design will more readily engage students in the contents of the course and help students to better visualise the global nature of environmental issues with a new approach to each map.
  • Additional content updates include the latest on the fracking debate, changes to China’s one child policy, the drought in the western United States, the latest coverage global climate policy including the Paris Agreement, sea level rise in Florida, and more.
Author biography

Jay Withgott is the primary author and has been with the book since the first edition. He is a seasoned science writer.

 

Matt Laposata teaches at Kennesaw State University, where over 4000 undergraduates take the Introduction to Environmental Science course each year. Matt brings a fresh, teaching┬┐-based perspective to the book thanks to his classroom experience. Matt’s research interests are in science education and he has been a part of several NSF-funded projects specifically aimed at improving environmental science education.

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