Environment / Edition 7

Environment / Edition 7

by Peter H. Raven, Linda R. Berg, David M. Hassenzahl
     
 

Covering the enormous environmental challenges facing our world today, this edition helps readers think critically about these challenges and understand the concepts that underlie environmental problems. Rather than telling readers what to think, the book provides the information and tools they need to reach their own conclusions. See more details below

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Covering the enormous environmental challenges facing our world today, this edition helps readers think critically about these challenges and understand the concepts that underlie environmental problems. Rather than telling readers what to think, the book provides the information and tools they need to reach their own conclusions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470118573
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
578,172
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

Pt. 1Humans in the Environment1
Interview: Lester Brown on the Environmental Revolution2
Ch. 1Our Changing Environment4
Ch. 2Solving Environmental Problems20
Pt. 2The World We Live In37
Interview: George Woodwell on Global Ecology and the Human Factor38
Ch. 3Ecosystems and Energy40
Ch. 4Ecosystems and Living Things58
Ch. 5Ecosystems and the Physical Environment75
Ch. 6Major Ecosystems of the World93
Ch. 7Ecosystems, Economics, and Government116
Pt. 3A Crowded World137
Interview: Anne & Paul Ehrlich on A Population Policy for the Super-Consumers138
Ch. 8Understanding Population Growth140
Ch. 9Facing the Problems of Overpopulation157
Pt. 4The Search for Energy175
Interview: L. Hunter Lovins on Efficiency Technology: Less Energy, More Power176
Ch. 10Fossil Fuels178
Ch. 11Nuclear Energy205
Ch. 12Renewable Energy and Conservation232
Pt. 5Our Precious Resources261
Interview: Russell Train on Preserving Biological Diversity in the Developing World262
Ch. 13Water: A Fragile Resource264
Ch. 14Soils and Their Preservation295
Ch. 15Minerals: A Nonrenewable Resource322
Ch. 16Wildlife: Our Plant and Animal Resources343
Ch. 17Land Resources and Conservation368
Ch. 18Food Resources: A Challenge for Agriculture393
Interview: Richard Mahoney on Delivering Biotechnology to Developing Nations416
Pt. 6Environmental Concerns419
Interview: Frank Press on Transnational Cooperation in Environmental Science420
Ch. 19Air Pollution422
Ch. 20Global Changes445
Ch. 21Water and Soil Pollution465
Ch. 22The Pesticide Dilemma493
Ch. 23Solid and Hazardous Wastes518
Pt. 7Tomorrow's World545
Interview: Jerry Greenfield on Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream: The Business of Social Responsibility546
Ch. 24Tomorrow's World548
Satellite Photo Composite: Earth at Night566
GlossaryG-1
Appendix I: Review of Basic ChemistryA-1
Appendix II: How To Make A DifferenceA-4
Appendix III: Green Collar ProfessionsA-10
Appendix IV: Units of Measure: Some Useful ConversionsA-12
ReferencesR-1
IndexI-1

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