Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 7th edition

  • Jay H Withgott, 
  • Matthew Laposata

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Environment: The Science Behind the Stories integrates real-world stories and case studies to help you see the data, connections, and solutions behind environmental issues. The text is known for its friendly narrative style, its integration of real stories and case studies, and its presentation of the latest science and research.

With the 7th Edition, engaging new features open your eyes to environmental issues, making it easy for see the data with new infographic-style illustrations, see the connections between the case studies and your own life with new local connections activities, and see potential solutions with new success stories features. The new edition provides digital components built into every hallmark feature, giving you seamless access to the tools and resources you need to succeed.

Published by Pearson (July 15th 2020) - Copyright © 2021

ISBN-13: 9780135848661

Subject: Environmental Science

Category: Intro to Environmental Science

Table of contents

1. Science and Sustainability
Our Island, Earth
Environmental Science
The Nature of Science
Seeking a Sustainable 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 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
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 Nearly 8 Billion
Population and Society

9. The Underpinnings of Agriculture
Resources and Services for Agriculture
Soil: A Foundation of Agriculture
Water for Agriculture
Nutrients for Plants
Pollination for Farming
Preserving Genetic Diversity
Conserving Soil and Land Resources

10. Making Agriculture Sustainable
The Race to Feed the World
Raising Animals for Food
Controlling Pests and Weeds
Genetically Modified Food
Organic Agriculture
Sustainable Food Production

11. Biodiversity and Its Conservation
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
Human Activities Affect Waterways
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. The Atmosphere, Air Quality, and Air 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
Impacts of Climate Change
Responding to Climate Change

19. Fossil Fuels and Energy Efficiency
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 Sources
Shifting to Renewable Energy
Solar Energy
Wind Power
Geothermal Energy
Ocean Energy Sources
Energy Storage

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

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