Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 8th Edition
December 2010, ©2011
Chapter 2 Science as a Way of Knowing: Critical Thinking about the Environment.
Chapter 3 The Big Picture: Systems of Change.
Chapter 4 The Human Population and The Environment.
Chapter 5 Ecosystems: Concepts and Fundamentals.
Chapter 6 The Biogeochemical Cycles.
Chapter 7 Dollars and Environmental Sense: Economics of Environmental Issues.
Chapter 8 Biological Diversity and Biological Invasions.
Chapter 9 Ecological Restoration.
Chapter 10 Environmental Heath, Pollution, and Toxicology.
Chapter 11 Agriculture, Aquaculture, and the Environemnt.
Chapter 12 Landscapes: Forests, Parks, and Wilderness.
Chapter 13 Wildlife, Fisheries, and Endangered Species.
Chapter 14 Energy: Some Basics.
Chapter 15 Fossil Fuels and the Environment.
Chapter 16 Alternative Energy and the Environment.
Chapter 17 Nuclear Energy and the Environment.
Chapter 18 Water Supply, Use, and Management.
Chapter 19 Water Pollution and Treatment.
Chapter 20 The Atmosphere, Climate, and Global Warming.
Chapter 21 Air Pollution.
Chapter 22 Urban Environments.
Chapter 23 Materials Management.
Chapter 24 Our Environmental Future.
- The eighth edition offers 24 Chapters, (the seventh edition was 29 chapters)
- New streamlined text clears away the “jargon” to bring the issues and the science to the forefront.
- New Chapter 24: Our Environmental Future provides a capstone chapter for the course. Data and research has been updated to provide the most up-to-date information in the field.
- Scientific method is presented early to give students the foundation they need to understand topics presented throughout the book.
- Chapter-opening Case Studies give students interesting, relevant examples of issues and topics.
- Objectivity of Presentation. In a discipline full of controversy and policy, it is critical that the text present the content in a non-biased, objective manner. In addition to the clearly objective content presentation, the text also offers additional tools to help students think for themselves.
- Critical Thinking Issues within each chapter present students with alternate views of an important environmental issue and ask them to decide for themselves.
- Environmental Debates Online will be found on the BCS and will provide information from all sides of a controversial environmental issue offering a collection of links and summaries of primary sources and posing questions to students.
- Six Themes of Environmental Science. Six central themes integrated throughout the text help unify the concepts: Human Population Growth, Sustainability, A Global Perspective, An Urban World, People and Nature, Science and Values. These themes are highlighted in the Closer Look boxes and are brought together with Reexamining Themes sections at the end of each chapter to help the student to further understand how the material they have just studied is connected to each one of the book’s six themes.
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