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Offering a more concise resource for environmental scientists, the seventh edition explores important environmental issues and shows how to apply this information on the job. It focuses on a systems approach, presenting a framework for thinking about environmental science. The recurring theme of global climate change as a system is integrated throughout the chapters, uncovering both the positive and negative roles that people play in that system. Environmental scientists will also benefit from the revised art program. New photos and illustrations help reinforce concepts and make the material come to life.

A series of essays analyzing questions or dilemmas relating to social issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470118573
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 603,646
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter H. Raven, one of the world's leading botanists, has dedicated more than three decades to conservation and biodiversity as Director of the Missouri botanical Garden in St. Louis, where he has cultivated a world-class institution of horticultural display, education, and research. Described by TIME magazine as "Hero for the Planet," Dr. Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered species and is a leading advocate for conservation and sustainable environment.

Dr. Raven is Chair of the National Geographic Society's Committee for research and Exploration, Chair of the Division of Earth and Life Studies  of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. he is the Recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious National Medal of Science in 2001, the highest award for scientific accomplishments in this country, Japan's International Prize for Biology, the Environmental Prize of the Institute de la Vie, the Volvo Environment Prize, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Sasakawa Environment Prize. He also has held Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships.

Dr.Raven received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, after completing his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley.

Linda R. Berg is an award-winning teacher and textbook author. She received a B.S. in science education, M./S. in botany, and Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Maryland. her research focused on the evolutionary implications of steroid biosynthetic pathways in various organisms. Her recent interests involve the Florida Everglades.

Dr. Berg taught at the University of Maryland-College Park, for 17 years, and is presently an Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg College in Florida. She has taught introductory courses in environmental science, biology, and botany to thousands of students. At the University of Maryland, she received numerous teaching and service awards. Dr. Berg is also the recipient of many national and regional awards, including the National science Teachers Association Award for Innovations in College Teaching, the Nation's Capital Area Disabled Student Services Award, and the Washington Academy of Science Award in University Science Teaching.

During her career a a professional science writer, Dr. Berg has authored or coauthored several leading college science textbooks. Her writing reflects her teaching style and love of science.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Humans in the Environment 1

Interview: Lester Brown on the Environmental Revolution 2

Chapter 1. Our Changing Environment 4

Chapter 2. Solving Environmental Problems 20

Part 2. The World We Live In 37

Interview: George Woodwell on Global Ecology and the Human Factor 38

Chapter 3. Ecosystems and Energy 40

Chapter 4. Ecosystems and Living Things 58

Chapter 5. Ecosystems and the Physical Environment 75

Chapter 6. Major Ecosystems of the World 93

Chapter 7. Ecosystems, Economics, and Government 116

Part 3. A Crowded World 137

Interview: Anne & Paul Ehrlich on A Population Policy for the Super-Consumers 138

Chapter 8. Understanding Population Growth 140

Chapter 9. Facing the Problems of Overpopulation 157

Part 4. The Search for Energy 175

Interview: L. Hunter Lovins on Efficiency Technology: Less Energy, More Power 176

Chapter 10. Fossil Fuels 178

Chapter 11. Nuclear Energy 205

Chapter 12. Renewable Energy and Conservation. 232

Part 5. Our Precious Resources 261

Interview: Russell Train on Preserving Biological Diversity in the Developing World 262

Chapter 13. Water: A Fragile Resource 264

Chapter 14. Soils and Their Preservation 295

Chapter 15. Minerals: A Nonrenewable Resource 322

Chapter 16. Wildlife: Our Plant and Animal Resources 343

Chapter 17. Land Resources and Conservation 368

Chapter 18. Food Resources: A Challenge for Agriculture 393

Interview: Richard Mahoney on Delivering Biotechnology to Developing Nations 416

Part 6. Environmental Concerns 419

Interview: Frank Press on Transnational Cooperation in Environmental Science 420

Chapter 19. Air Pollution 422

Chapter 20. Global Changes 445

Chapter 21. Water and Soil Pollution 465

Chapter 22. The Pesticide Dilemma 493

Chapter 23. Solid and Hazardous Wastes 518

Part 7. Tomorrow's World 545

Interview: Jerry Greenfield on Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream: The Business of Social Responsibility 546

Chapter 24. Tomorrow's World 548

Satellite Photo Composite: Earth at Night 566

Glossary G-1

Appendix I: Review of Basic Chemistry A-1

Appendix II: How To Make A Difference A-4

Appendix III: Green Collar Professions A-10

Appendix IV: Units of Measure: Some Useful Conversions A-12

References R-1

Index I-1

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