Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 5th edition

  • Jay H Withgott
  • Matthew Laposata

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ISBN-13:  9780321976864


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Essential Environment: The Science behind the Stories, Fifth Edition engages students using current, integrated case studies that provide a context for understanding science and environmental concerns in a brief, 18-chapter text. Jay Withgott and Matt Laposata present the latest understanding of environmental science along with expanded FAQ discussions that address common student misconceptions and with new Data Analysis questions that build quantitative literacy.


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Table of contents

1           Science and Sustainability: An Introduction to Environmental Science   

2           Environmental Systems: Matter, Energy, and Ecosystems

3           Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology    

4           Species Interactions and Community Ecology    

5           Economics, Policy, and Sustainable Development

6           Human Population    
7           Soil, Agriculture, and the Future of Food    
8           Biodiversity and Conservation Biology    
9           Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas    
10         Environmental Health and Toxicology    
11         Geology, Minerals, and Mining

12         Fresh Water, Oceans, and Coasts

13        Atmospheric Science, Air Quality, and Pollution Control    
14        Global Climate Change    
15        Nonrenewable Energy Sources, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservation   

16        Renewable Energy Alternatives    
17         Managing Our Waste    
18        The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities


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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