Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th edition

Published by Pearson (November 13, 2017) © 2018

  • Jay H Withgott
  • Matthew Laposata Kennesaw State University

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For courses in introductory environmental science.

Engage students in science through current environmental issues

Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories by Jay Withgott and Matt Laposata is known for its student-friendly narrative style, integration of real stories and case studies, and 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 while highlighting sustainable solutions that have successfully helped address environmental problems.

Table of Contents

  1. Science and Sustainability: An Introduction to Environmental Science
    • Our Island, Earth
    • The Nature of Environmental Science
    • The Science Behind the Story: What Are the Lessons of Easter Island?
    • The Nature of Science
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Sustainability and Our Future
  2. Environmental Systems: Matter, Energy, and Ecosystems
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • The Vanishing Oysters of the Chesapeake Bay
    • Earth's Environmental Systems
    • Matter, Chemistry, and the Environment
    • Energy Fundamentals
    • Ecosystems
    • The Science Behind the Story: "Turning the Tide" for Native Oysters in Chesapeake Bay
    • Biogeochemical Cycles
  3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Saving Hawaii's Native Forest Birds
    • Evolution: The Source of Earth's Biodiversity
    • Ecology and the Organism
    • Population Ecology
    • The Science Behind the Story: Monitoring Bird Populations at Hakalau Forest
    • Conserving Biodiversity
  4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Black and White, and Spread All Over: Zebra Mussels Invade the Great Lakes
    • Species Interactions
    • Ecological Communities
    • The Science Behind the Story: Determining Zebra Mussels' Impacts on Fish Communities
    • Earth's Biomes
  5. Economics, Policy, and Sustainable Development
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Costa Rica Values Its Ecosystem Services
    • Economics and the Environment
    • Environmental Policy: An Overview
    • The Science Behind the Story: Do Payments Help Preserve Forest?
    • U.S. Environmental Law and Policy
    • International Environmental Policy
    • Approaches to Environmental Policy
    • Sustainable Development
  6. Human Population
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • China's One-Child Policy: Is It a Population "Time Bomb"?
    • Our World at Seven Billion
    • Demography
    • Population and Society
    • The Science Behind the Story: Did Soap Operas Reduce Fertilityin Brazil?
  7. Soil, Agriculture, and the Future of Food
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Farm to Table-And Back Again: The Commons at Kennesaw State University
    • The Race to Feed the World
    • The Changing Face of Agriculture
    • Soils
    • Maintaining Healthy Soils
    • Watering and Fertilizing Crops
    • Controlling Pests, Preserving Pollinators
    • Raising Animals for Food
    • Genetically Modified Food
    • The Growth of Sustainable Agriculture
    • The Science Behind the Story: How Productive Is Organic Farming?
  8. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Farm to Table-And Back Again: The Commons at Kennesaw State University
    • The Race to Feed the World
    • The Changing Face of Agriculture
    • Soils
    • Maintaining Healthy Soils
    • Watering and Fertilizing Crops
    • Controlling Pests, Preserving Pollinators
    • Raising Animals for Food
    • Genetically Modified Food
    • The Growth of Sustainable Agriculture
    • The Science Behind the Story: How Productive Is Organic Farming?
  9. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Certified Sustainable Paper in Your Textbook
    • Forest Ecosystems and Forest Resources
    • Forest Loss
    • Forest Management
    • Parks and Protected Areas
    • The Science Behind the Story: Forest Fragmentation in the Amazon
  10. Environmental Health and Toxicology
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Bisphenol A Is Everywhere-But Is It Safe?
    • Environmental Health
    • Toxic Substances and Their Effects on Organisms?
    • The Science Behind the Story: Testing the Safety of Bisphenol A
    • Toxic Substances and Their Effects on Ecosystems
    • Studying Effects of Hazards
    • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  11. Geology, Minerals, and Mining
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Mining for … Cell Phones?
    • Geology: The Physical Basis for Environmental Science
    • Geologic and Natural Hazards
    • Earth's Mineral Resources
    • Mining Methods and Their Impacts
    • The Science Behind the Story: Can Acid Mine Drainage Reduce Fracking's
    • Environmental Impact?
    • Toward Sustainable Mineral Use
  12. Fresh Water, Oceans, and Coasts
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Starving the Louisiana Coast
    • Freshwater Systems
    • The Oceans
    • Marine and Coastal Systems
    • Effects of Human Activities on Waterways
    • Solutions to Depletion of Fresh Water
    • Water Pollution and Its Control
    • The Science Behind the Story: Predicting the Oceans' "Garbage Patches"
    • Emptying the Oceans
  13. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality, and Pollution Control
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Clearing the Air in L.A. and in Mexico City
    • The Atmosphere
    • Outdoor Air Quality
    • The Science Behind the Story: Measuring the Health Impacts of Mexico City's Air
    • Pollution
    • Ozone Depletion
    • Addressing Acid Deposition
    • Indoor Air Quality
  14. Global Climate Change
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Rising Seas May Flood the Maldives
    • Our Dynamic Climate
    • Studying Climate Change
    • The Science Behind the Story: How Do Climate Models Work?
    • Current and Future Trends and Impacts
    • Responding to Climate Change
  15. Nonrenewable Energy Sources, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservation
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale
    • Sources of Energy
    • Fossil Fuels: Their Formation, Extraction, and Use
    • Reaching Further for Fossil Fuels … and Coping with the Impacts
    • The Science Behind the Story: Discovering Impacts of the Gulf Oil Spill
    • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
    • Nuclear Power
  16. Renewable Energy Alternatives
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Germany Goes Solar
    • Renewable Energy Sources
    • The Science Behind the Story: Comparing Energy Sources
    • Solar Energy
    • Wind Power
    • Geothermal Energy
    • Ocean Energy Sources
    • Hydroelectric Power
    • Bioenergy
    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
  17. Managing Our Waste
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • A Mania for Recycling on Campus
    • Approaches to Waste Management
    • Municipal Solid Waste
    • The Science Behind the Story: Tracking Trash
    • Industrial Solid Waste
    • Hazardous Waste
  18. The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities
    • CENTRAL CASE STUDY
    • Managing Growth in Portland, Oregon
    • Our Urbanizing World
    • Sprawl
    • Creating Livable Cities
    • Urban Sustainability
    • The Science Behind the Story: Baltimore and Phoenix Showcase Urban Ecology
    • Epilogue: Sustainable Solutions

Appendix A: Answers to Data Analysis Questions

Appendix B: How to Interpret Graphs

Appendix C: Metric System

Appendix D: Periodic Table of the Elements

Appendix E: Geologic Time Scale

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