Written by active scientists, this timely book helps readers understand how to think about the environment--not what to think. Incorporates five integrating themes: a global perspective, human population, sustainability, the urban world and values, knowledge and social justice. Each chapter begins with a case study that illustrates the topics discussed.
An introductory textbook that presents the most important concepts in the study of the environment from an analytical and interdisciplinary perspective, and encourages students to formulate their own thoughts about environmental problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
ENVIRONMENT AS AN IDEA.
Basic Issues in Environmental Sciences.
Thinking Critically About the Environment.
EARTH AS A SYSTEM.
Systems and Change.
The Biogeochemical Cycles.
LIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
The Human Population As An Environmental Problem.
Ecosystems and Ecological Communities.
Biological Diversity and Biogeography.
Biological Productivity and Energy Flow.
Succession and Restoration: How Ecosystems Respond to Disturbance.
SUSTAINING LIVING RESOURCES.
World Food Supply.
Effects of Agriculture on the Environment.
Wild Living Resources: Plentiful and Endangered.
Landscapes and Seascapes.
Environmental Health and Toxicology.
Energy: Some Basics.
Fossil Fuels and the Environment.
Alternative Energy and the Environment.
Nuclear Energy and the Environment.
Water Supply, Use, and Management.
Water Pollution and Treatment.
The Atmosphere, Climate, and Global Warming.
Indoor Air Pollution.
ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY.
Minerals and the Environment.
Environmental Impact and Planning.
Integrating Values and Knowledge.