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This book helps students make sense out of the complex issues of environmental science. It encourages students to explore underlying themes common to all environmental problems and to consider a whole new generation of creative, long- lasting solutions. Through numerous examples, it gives students a sense of the solutions to the complex mix of environmental challenges facing North America and the rest of the world community.
Hurray for this brave textbook that forthrightly details the massive erosion of the life-support systems of the planet and rejects the stopgap measures of governments and businesses in favor of solutions that confront the root causes of the environmental crisis and create a sustainable human culture without bankrupting the Earth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
PART 1. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: SUSTAINABILITY, SCIENCE, AND SYSTEMS. 1. Living Sustainably on the Earth. 2. Thinking Critically about Environmental Issues and Solutions. 3. An Inquiry into the Roots of the Environmental Crisis. 4. Environmental Protection by Design: Restructuring Systems for Sustainability. PART 2. NATURAL SYSTEMS/HUMAN SYSTEMS: SEARCHING FOR A SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIP. 5. Principles of Ecology: How Ecosystems Work. 6. Principles of Ecology: Biomes and Aquatic Life Zones. 7. Principles of Ecology: Self-Sustaining Mechanisms in Ecosystems. 8. Human Ecology: Our Changing Relationship with the Environment. PART 3. THE POPULATION CHALLENGE: SOLVING THE WORLD'S MOST PRESSING PROBLEM SUSTAINABLY. 9. Population: Measuring Growth and Its Impact. 10. Stabilizing the Human Population: Strategies for Sustainability. PART 4. RESOURCE ISSUES: SOLUTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY. 11. Creating a Sustainable System of Agriculture to Feed the World's People. 12. Preserving Biological Diversity. 13. Grasslands, Forests, and Wilderness: Sustainable Management Strategies. 14. Water Resources: Preserving Our Liquid Assets and Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems. 15. Nonrenewable Energy Sources. 16. Foundations of a Sustainable Energy System: Conservation and Renewable Energy Sources. 17. The Earth and Its Mineral Resources. 18. Creating Sustainable Cities and Towns: Principles and Practices of Sustainable Development. PART 5. POLLUTION: LEARNING TO LIVE WITHIN THE EARTH'S CARRYING CAPACITY. 19. Principles of Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Understanding How Pollution and Chemical Wastes Affect Our Health and theEnvironment. 20. Air Pollution: Living and Working on the Earth without Polluting the Air. 21. Global Air Pollution: Acid Deposition, Global Climate Change, and Ozone Depletion. 22. Water Pollution: Protecting Our Liquid Assets. 23. Pests and Pesticides: Protecting Crops Sustainably. 24. Solid and Hazardous Wastes: Finding Sustainable Solutions to Growing Problems. PART 6. ETHICS, ECONOMICS, AND ENVIRONMENT. 25. Sustainable Ethics: A New Paradigm for the Twenty-First Century. 26. Sustainable Economics: Strategies for Industrial Nations. 27. Economics: Strategies for Developing Nations. 28. Law, Government, and Society: Creating a Sustainable System of Government.