Environment: The Science Behind the Stories eBook (6e) : 9780134446400

Environment: The Science Behind the Stories eBook (6e)

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About the book

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

Our Island, Earth

The Nature of Environmental Science

The Nature of Science

Sustainability and Our Future

2. Earth’s Physical Systems

Matter, Chemistry, and the Environment

Energy: An Introduction

Geology: The Physical Basis for Environmental Science

Geologic and Natural Hazards

3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology

Evolution: The Source of Earth’s Biodiversity

Ecology and the Organism

Population Ecology

Conserving Biodiversity

4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology

Species Interactions

Ecological Communities

Earth’s Biomes

5. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology

Earth’s Environmental Systems


Biogeochemical Cycles

6. Ethics, Economics, and Sustainable Development

Culture, Worldview, and the Environment

Environmental Ethics

Economics and the Environment

Sustainable Development

7. Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy: An Overview

U.S. Environmental Law and Policy

International Environmental Policy

Approaches to Environmental Policy

8. Human Population

Our World at Seven Billion


Population and Society

9. The Underpinnings of Agriculture

The Changing Face of Agriculture

Soil: A Foundation of Agriculture

Water for Agriculture

Nutrients for Plants


Conserving Agricultural Resources

10. Making Agriculture Sustainable

The Race to Feed the World

Raising Animals for Food

Preserving Crop Diversity and Pollinators

Controlling Pests and Weeds

Genetically Modified Food

Organic Agriculture

Sustainable Food Production

11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

Life’s Diversity on Earth

Benefits of Biodiversity

Biodiversity Loss and Extinction

Conservation Biology: The Search for Solutions

12. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas

Forest Ecosystems and Forest Resources

Forest Loss

Forest Management

Parks and Protected Areas

13. The Urban Environment

Our Urbanizing World


Creating Livable Cities

Urban Sustainability

14. Environmental Health and Toxicology

Environmental Health

Toxic Substances and Their Effects on Organisms

Toxic Substances and Their Effects on Ecosystems

Studying Effects of Hazards

Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Philosophical and Policy Approaches

15. Freshwater Systems and Resources

Freshwater Systems

Solutions to Depletion of Fresh Water

Freshwater Pollution and Its Control

16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources

The Oceans

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Marine Pollution

Emptying the Oceans

Marine Conservation

17. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality, and Pollution Control

The Atmosphere

Outdoor Air Quality

Ozone Depletion and Recovery

Addressing Acid Deposition

Indoor Air Quality

18. Global Climate Change

Our Dynamic Climate

Studying Climate Change

Current and Future Trends and Impacts

Responding to Climate Change

19. Fossil Fuels

Sources of Energy

Fossil Fuels: Their Formation, Extraction, and Use

Reaching Further for Fossil Fuels

Addressing Impacts of Fossil Fuel Use

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

20. Conventional Energy Alternatives

Alternatives to Fossil Fuels

Nuclear Power


Hydroelectric Power

21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives

“New” Renewable Energy Sources

Solar Energy

Wind Power

Geothermal Energy

Ocean Energy Sources

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

22. Managing Our Waste

Approaches to Waste Management

Municipal Solid Waste

Industrial Solid Waste

Hazardous Waste

23. Minerals and Mining

Earth’s Mineral Resources

Mining Methods and Their Impacts

Toward Sustainable Mineral Use

24. Sustainable Solutions

Sustainability on Campus

Strategies for Sustainability

Precious Time
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