Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 7th edition

  • Jay H Withgott, 
  • Matthew Laposata

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Environment: The Science behind the Stories is known for its student-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 will open your eyes to environmental issues. The text makes it easy for you to see the data with new infographic-style illustrations, see connections between the case studies and your own life with new local connections activities, and see potential solutions with new success stories features.

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

ISBN-13: 9780135848661

Subject: Environmental Science

Category: Intro to Environmental Science


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
  • Ecosystems
  • 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
  • Demography
  • 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
  • Sprawl
  • 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
  • Bioenergy
  • 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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