Environmental Science: Systems And Solutions / Edition 4

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The critical importance of environmental preservation is apparent to everyone. The issues facing us today, be they global warming, the depleting ozone layer, the controversy over nuclear power, or the continuing problems of water pollution and solid waste disposal, are headline news. Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fourth Edition, offers the basic principles necessary to understand and address these multi-faceted and often very complex current environmental concerns. The book provides a comprehensive overview and synthesis of environmental science and provides the basic factual data necessary to understand the environment as it is today. It is important that students understand how various aspects of the natural environment interconnect with each other and with human society. Using a systems approach, the authors have organized complex information in a way that highlights these connections in a fair and unbiased fashion. A Study Guide is incorporated at the end of each chapter to help reinforce concepts and provide a clear overview of material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763742621
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 2/16/2007
  • Edition description: 4E
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 642
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Learning Guide
Ch. 1 Introduction to environmental science 2
Ch. 2 The physical environment 30
Ch. 3 The Biosphere 59
Ch. 4 Environment: An integrated system of four spheres 94
Ch. 5 Demography 112
Ch. 6 Principles of resource management 146
Ch. 7 Fundamentals of energy, fossil fuels, and hydroelectric power 166
Ch. 8 Nuclear energy 197
Ch. 9 Alternative energy sources and energy conservation 226
Ch. 10 Mineral resources 257
Ch. 11 Water resources 281
Ch. 12 Conserving biological resources 311
Ch. 13 Feeding the world 352
Ch. 14 Principles of pollution control 388
Ch. 15 Toxicology, pesticides, and risk 406
Ch. 16 Water pollution 430
Ch. 17 Air pollution: Local and regional 463
Ch. 18 Global air pollution: Destruction of the ozone layer and global warming 493
Ch. 19 Municipal solid waste and hazardous waste 525
Ch. 20 Environmental economics 562
Ch. 21 Environmental ethics 584
Ch. 22 Historical, social, and legal aspects of the current environmental crisis 606
Epilogue: Environmental Literacy 638
App. A Common Measures of Energy and Power A-1
App. B English/Metric Conversion Table B-1
App. C Selected Major Pieces of U.S. Environmental Legislation C-1
App. D Selected Pieces of International Environmental Legislation D-1
App. E Selected Environmental Organizations E-1
App. F Answers to Odd-Numbered Study Questions F-1
Glossary G-1
Index I-1
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