Environment

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Raven's 8th edition of Environmentoffers more detailed content than the Visualizing text for a better understanding and integration of the core environmental systems and to view and analyze the role those systems play. Shorter, but still comprehensive coverage focuses on ethical decision making and key local environmental science issues, requiring readers to think critically about the course material outside of the classroom.

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Overview

Raven's 8th edition of Environmentoffers more detailed content than the Visualizing text for a better understanding and integration of the core environmental systems and to view and analyze the role those systems play. Shorter, but still comprehensive coverage focuses on ethical decision making and key local environmental science issues, requiring readers to think critically about the course material outside of the classroom.

Other features include brief text in the comprehensive segment; extensive chapter pedagogy to help reinforce the systems approach; more opportunities to think critically about the how systems intersect and fit together; and new data interpretation questions at the end of each chapter.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118138106
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.90 (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

1 Introducing Environmental Science and Sustainability

Human Impacts on the Environment

Population, Resources, and the Environment

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Science

Addressing Environmental Problems

2 Environmental Laws, Economics, and Ethics

A Brief Environmental History of the United States

U.S. Environmental Legislation

Economics and the Environment

Environmental Justice

Environmental Ethics, Values, and Worldviews

3 Ecosystems and Energy

What Is Ecology?

The Energy of Life

The Flow of Energy Through Ecosystems

4 Ecosystems and the Physical Environment

The Cycling of Materials Within Ecosystems

Solar Radiation

The Atmosphere

The Global Ocean

Weather and Climate

Internal Planetary Processes

5 Ecosystems and Living Organisms

Evolution: How Populations Change over Time

Principles of Population Ecology

Biological Communities

Species Richness in a Community

Community Development

6 Major Ecosystems of the World

Earth's Major Biomes

Aquatic Ecosystems

7 Human Health and Environmental Toxicology

Human Health

Environmental Pollution and Disease

Determining Health Effects of Environmental Pollution

Ecotoxicology: Toxicant Effects on Communities and Ecosystems

Decision Making and Uncertainty: Assessment of Risks

8 The Human Population

The Science of Demography

Demographics of Countries

Population and Quality of Life

Reducing the Total Fertility Rate

Government Policies and Fertility

Achieving Population Stabilization

9 The Urban Environment

Population and Urbanization

The City as an Ecosystem

Urban Land Use Planning

Making Cities More Sustainable

10 Energy Consumption

Energy Sources, Consumption, and Policy

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Electricity, Hydrogen, and Energy Storage

Energy Policy

APPENDICES

I Review of Basic Chemistry A-1

II Graphing A-6

III Models and Modeling A-8

IV Units of Measure: Some Useful Conversions A-10

V Abbreviations, Formulas, and Acronyms Used in This Text A-11

GLOSSARY G-1

TEXT, TABLE, AND LINE ART CREDITS T-1

INDEX I-1

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