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A Journey into Environmental Science

Just as a Global Positioning System helps you steer your car through systems of roads and highways, Environment, 6th Edition helps you navigate the interconnected-environmental systems presented in your environmental science course. By taking you from general principles to specific applications, Environment, 6th Edition helps you direct your path to understanding today's interrelated issues in environmental science. Environment, 6th Edition effectively blends solid scientific content with many examples of problems and solutions empowering you to make informed and responsible choices as you progress on your journey.

On your journey with Environment, 6th Edition you will:
* Explore how the various aspects of the environment interact and connect, and thus how changes in one part of the environment can affect other parts.
* Reach your own informed decisions on the various perspectives of environmental issues affecting the world today.

Plus, a wealth of resources are available to you online including:
* WileyPLUS, a powerful online tool that provides you with an integrated suite of learning resources, including an online version of the text, in one easy-to-use website.
* New "Campus EnviroNews" which connect current environment issues to students' lives on campus.
* And additional information and resources, including real environmental news video footage from around the world and in your own geographic region and backyard.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470292662
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (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

Pt. 1 Humans in the Environment 1
Interview: Lester Brown on the Environmental Revolution 2
Ch. 1 Our Changing Environment 4
Ch. 2 Solving Environmental Problems 20
Pt. 2 The World We Live In 37
Interview: George Woodwell on Global Ecology and the Human Factor 38
Ch. 3 Ecosystems and Energy 40
Ch. 4 Ecosystems and Living Things 58
Ch. 5 Ecosystems and the Physical Environment 75
Ch. 6 Major Ecosystems of the World 93
Ch. 7 Ecosystems, Economics, and Government 116
Pt. 3 A Crowded World 137
Interview: Anne & Paul Ehrlich on A Population Policy for the Super-Consumers 138
Ch. 8 Understanding Population Growth 140
Ch. 9 Facing the Problems of Overpopulation 157
Pt. 4 The Search for Energy 175
Interview: L. Hunter Lovins on Efficiency Technology: Less Energy, More Power 176
Ch. 10 Fossil Fuels 178
Ch. 11 Nuclear Energy 205
Ch. 12 Renewable Energy and Conservation 232
Pt. 5 Our Precious Resources 261
Interview: Russell Train on Preserving Biological Diversity in the Developing World 262
Ch. 13 Water: A Fragile Resource 264
Ch. 14 Soils and Their Preservation 295
Ch. 15 Minerals: A Nonrenewable Resource 322
Ch. 16 Wildlife: Our Plant and Animal Resources 343
Ch. 17 Land Resources and Conservation 368
Ch. 18 Food Resources: A Challenge for Agriculture 393
Interview: Richard Mahoney on Delivering Biotechnology to Developing Nations 416
Pt. 6 Environmental Concerns 419
Interview: Frank Press on Transnational Cooperation in Environmental Science 420
Ch. 19 Air Pollution 422
Ch. 20 Global Changes 445
Ch. 21 Water and Soil Pollution 465
Ch. 22 The Pesticide Dilemma 493
Ch. 23 Solid and Hazardous Wastes 518
Pt. 7 Tomorrow's World 545
Interview: Jerry Greenfield on Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream: The Business of Social Responsibility 546
Ch. 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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