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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE inspires and equips students to make a difference for the world. Featuring sustainability as their central theme, authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman emphasize natural capital, natural capital degradation, solutions, trade-offs, and the importance of individuals. As a result, students learn how nature works, how they interact with it, and how they can use various scientific principles based on how nature has sustained life on the earth for billions of years to live more sustainably. Engaging features like "Core Case Studies, and "Connections" boxes demonstrate the relevance of issues and encourage critical thinking. Updated with new learning tools, the latest content, and an enhanced art program, this highly flexible book allows instructors to vary the order of chapters and sections within chapters to meet the needs of their courses. Two new active learning features conclude each chapter. "Doing Environmental Science" offers project ideas based on chapter content that build critical thinking skills and integrate scientific method principles. "Global Environmental Watch" offers online learning activities through the Global Environment Watch website, helping students connect the book's concepts to current real-world issues.
HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW. 1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability. ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY. 2. Science, Matter, and Energy. 3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work? 4. Biodiversity and Evolution. 5. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control. 6. The Human Population and Urbanization. 7. Climate and Biodiversity. SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY. 8. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach. 9. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach. SUSTAINING RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY. 10. Food, Soil, and Pest Management. 11. Water Resources and Water Pollution. 12. Geology and Nonrenewable Minerals. 13. Energy. 14. Environmental Hazards and Human Health. 15. Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Ozone Depletion. 16. Solid and Hazardous Waste. SUSTAINING HUMAN SOCIETIES. 17. Environmental Economics, Politics, and Worldviews. SUPPLEMENTS. Supplement 1: Measurement Units Supplement 2: Reading Graphs and Maps Supplement 3: An Overview of U.S. Environmental History Supplement 4: Some Basic Chemistry Supplement 5: Weather Basics: El Nino, Tornadoes, and Tropical Cyclones Supplement 6: Maps Supplement 7: Environmental Data and Data Analysis Glossary. Index.