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For introductory courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Biology.
With dramatically revised illustrations, the Twelfth Edition of Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future is even more student-friendly while retaining the currency and accuracy that has made Wright/Boorse a best seller. The text and media program continue to help students understand the science behind environmental issues and what they can do to build a more sustainable future, with further exploration of the hallmark core themes: Science, Sustainability, and Stewardship.
- Three unifying themes of science, sustainability, and stewardship help students conceptualize the task of forging a sustainable future.
- Essays explore the three themes at appropriate points within chapters and provide a memorable perspective on the topic. Themes are recapped and discussed at the end of each chapter to help students connect the chapter topics to the themes. A final capstone chapter revisits these themes.
- Timely coverage of topical concerns include the Fukishima earthquake as a major environmental disaster; hydrofracking in the northeastern United States, the “environmentalist’s paradox;” and the “Smart Grid.”
- Unique chapter on ecosystem capital (Chapter 7: The Use and Restoration of Ecosystems) explores how ecosystems provide valuable goods and services to society.
- Making a Difference sections appear at the end of each chapter and give students practical suggestions for promoting sustainable practices and protecting the earth for future generations.
- An early discussion of Economics and Policy (in Chapter 2) gives students a basic foundation in the social sciences before studying specific issues.
- Chapter organization provides cohesive units on Ecology (Part 2, Chapters 3—7) and Human Population and Essential Resources (Part 3, Chapters 8—13).
- MasteringEnvironmentalScience™ helps students arrive better prepared for lectures and helps professors gain unique insight into their students’ performance. Highlights include Video Field Trips (see below), 3-D BioFlix® animations and exercises, GraphIt! activities, Current Events articles from the New York Times, ABC News Videos, and reading quizzes–all provide professors with a wealth of assignable, automatically-graded interactive activities that give students personalized feedback.
- Video Field Trips give students fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of what happens with commonly-used resources before and after they are consumed. These short videos are included on the Instructor Resource DVD for classroom presentations and within MasteringEnvironmentalScience for automatically graded student assignments. These exclusive videos explore:
- Carbon neutrality on campus
- Prescribed fires
- Solar energy
- Electronic waste
- Energy–coal-fired power plant
- Water–waste water treatment facility
- Food–sustainable agriculture
- Waste–Landfill and recycling center
- Waterr–water utility factory
- This book is printed on FSC certified paper to set the gold standard in use of environmentally responsible publishing, following guidelines from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for reducing energy usage, reducing impact on forests, and limiting the release of toxic chemicals into the environment.
New to this Edition
- Major overhaul of the visual program makes the text more appealing and includes visuals that teach more clearly.
- Reconceptualization of data-based figures helps improve student understanding of data, graphs and charts.
- Learning outcomes have been added to the beginning of each chapter to introduce students to the key concepts they should understand at the conclusion of the chapter.
Content updates include:
Up-to-date policy information including a heavily revised section on politics and the environment (Chapter 2)
New perspectives on the cumulative impacts and unintended consequences of environmental problems (Chapter 1)
Additional information about over-grazing by domestic animals (Chapter 7)
New coverage of fracking (Chapter 14)
New coverage of the cumulative impacts of dams (Chapter 10
Expanded coverage of international water issues (Chapter 10)
New coverage of Fukushima disaster (Chapter 15)
Added information on EPA legislation (Chapter 17)
New information on urban sprawl in the light of the economic recession (Chapter 23)
MasteringEnvironmentalScience™ has been significantly updated to include new activities that focus on core content, data analysis skills, and 3 new additions to the popular Video Field Trip series: Wind Power, Invasive Species, and Campus Sustainablity.
Select chapter opening essays are new to this edition, to draw students into reading the chapter topic at hand.
Extensively updated theme boxes (Sustainability, Sound Science, and Stewardship) provide recent research data throughout the text.
Table of Contents
I. FRAMEWORK FOR A SUSTATAINABLE FUTURE
1. Science and the Environment
2. Economics, Politics, and Public Policy
II. ECOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF ORGANISMS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT
3. Basic Needs of Living Things
4. Populations and Communities
5. Ecosystems: Energy, Patterns, and Disturbance
6. Wild Species and Biodiversity
7. The Use and Restoration of Ecosystems
III. THE HUMAN POPULATION AND ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
8. The Human Population
9. Population and Development
10. Water: Hydrologic Cycle and Human Use
11. Soil: Foundation for Land Ecosystems
12. The Production and Distribution of Food
13. Pests and Pest Control
IV. HARNESSING ENERGY FOR HUMAN SOCIETY
14. Energy from Fossil Fuels
15. Renewable Energy
16. Nuclear Power
V. POLLUTION AND PREVENTION
17. Environmental Hazards and Human Health
18. Global Climate Change
19. Atmospheric Pollution
20. Water Pollution and Its Prevention
21. Municipal Solid Waste: Disposal and Recovery
22. Hazardous Chemicals: Pollution and Prevention
VI. STEWARDSHIP FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
23. Sustainable Communities and Lifestyles