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Overview

This book is intended for use in a one- or two-semester course in environmental science, human ecology, or environmental studies at the college or advanced placement high school level. Because most students who will use this book are freshman or sophomore nonscience majors, the authors have tried to make the text readable and accessible without technical jargon or a presumption of prior science background. At the same time, enough data and depth are presented to make this book suitable for many upper-division classes and a valuable resource for students who will keep it in their personal libraries after their formal studies are completed. The goal of this book is to provide an up-to-date, introductory view of essential themes in environmental science along with emphasis on details and case studies that will help students process and retain the general principles.
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A text for a one- or two-semester undergraduate course in environmental science, human ecology, or environmental studies, for students with little or no science background. Contains sections on population biology, biological resources, physical resources, and the interactions between society and the environment, emphasizing the global environment, environmental justice, and sustainable development. Includes key terms and concepts, chapter summaries, boxed readings, and review and critical thinking questions, plus color photos and diagrams. This fourth edition offers a Glesonian rather than a deterministic perspective. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072930740
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 646
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

William P. Cunningham is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota, where he has been on the faculty for 35 years. A member of the programs in Conservation Biology, Environmental Learning and Leadership, the MacArthur Program in Global Change, and the Institute for Social, Ecological and Economic Sustainability, his teaching now focuses mainly on environmental science and environmental ethics. He has been a visiting professor or research scientist in Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, and China as well as several Universities and laboratories in the United States. The author or co-author of approximately 50 research articles and reviews, Professor Cunningham is managing editor for the Environmental Encyclopedia published by Gale Research.

Having been active for many years in both local and national environmental issues, Cunningham has been Chair of the Minnesota chapter of the Sierra Club, Vice president of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a member of the State of Minnesota Legislative Commission on Energy, and the Governor's Advisory Committee on Energy Policy. His main hobbies are reading, canoeing (and canoe building), hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, and birding. He has three children and three grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Learning to Learn1 Environmental Science and Ecological Principles 1 Understanding Our Environment 2 Environmental Philosophy, Ethics and Science 3 Matter, Energy, and Life 4 Biological Communities and Species Interaction 5 Biomes: Global Patterns of Life 2 Population, Economics, Policy, and Health 6 Population Biology 7 Human Populations 8 Environmental Health and Toxicology 3 Food, Land, and Biological Resources 9 Food and Agriculture 10 Pest Control 11 Biodiversity 12 Land Use: Forests and Grasslands 13 Preserving and Restoring Nature 4 Physical Resources 14 Geology and Earth Resources 15 Air, Weather, and Climate 16 Air Pollution 17 Water Use and Management 18 Water Pollution 19 Conventional Energy 20 Sustainable Energy 5 Society and the Environment 21 Solid, Toxic, and Hazardous Waste 22 Urbanization and Sustainable Cities 23 Ecological Economics 24 Environmental Policy, Law, and Planning 25 What Then Shall We Do?
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Preface

The Chinese ideogram for "crisis" combines the character wei, meaning danger, with the character ji, denoting opportunity. This is a good description of our global environment situation. We are dangerously close to pushing biological communities and biophysical processes beyond the point from which they can recover. At the same time, our greatly increased understanding of the natural world and how it works gives us an opportunity to repair the damage we have caused and to find new, more efficient, and more environmentally-friendly ways of providing the goods and services we need. British ecologist, Norman Myers points that the current generation of students has the advantage of being the first in history to have the information, resources, and motivation to do something to solve our environmental crisis. Unfortunately, he adds, if solutions to some of our most pressing problems aren't found quickly, this generation also may be the last to have the chance to do so.

I hope that you will find this book a valuable source of information about our global environment, as well as an inspiration for solutions to the dilemmas we face. Everyone has a role to play in this endeavor. Whether as students, educators, researchers, activists, or consumers, each of us can find ways to contribute in solving our common problems.

Who makes up the audience for this text?

This book is intended for use in a one- or two-semester course in Environmental Science, Human Ecology, or Environmental Studies at the college or advanced placement high school level. Because most students who will use this book are freshman or sophomore non-science majors, I have tried to make the text readable and accessible without technical jargon or a presumption of prior science background. At the same time, enough data and depth are presented to make this book suitable for many upper division classes and a valuable resource for students who will keep it in their personal libraries after their formal studies are completed.

Why did I write this book?

I have taught aspects of environmental science in a variety of settings for about 40 years. Although the earliest of these classes focused primarily on natural history and conservation, I found my interests and concerns changing in the 1970s. Two broad areas of environmental science that seemed important to me weren't covered in the existing textbooks. One of these is global concerns. We live in an highly interconnected world; the coal burned in China, or the nuclear waste dumped in the ocean by Russia, or the pesticides used on farm crops in Central America affect all of us. The other area is environmental justice and the human dimensions of environmental issues. Although my original interests in the environment were primarily wilderness and wildlife issues, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s opened my eyes to the conditions in inner cities and the role of economics, health, policy, and law in environmental concerns. Ecology remains the heart of environmental science but students also need to know something about the roles of human institutions and social sciences to be educated environmental citizens. It's gratifying to see that since the first edition of this book was published in 1990, concerns about environmental ethics and social justice are appearing in other textbooks as well.

How important is sustainability and environmental citizenship?

Ultimately the aims of this book are to foster attitudes of stewardship and environmental citizenship, and to encourage the goals of economic, ecological, and social sustainability. In the preamble to the United Nations Earth Charter, the authors declare that, "In an increasingly interdependent world, it is imperative that we, the citizens of the Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, the greater community of life, and future generations." Among the principles proposed by the Earth Charter are:

  • Respect Earth and all life, recognizing the interdependence and intrinsic value of all beings.
  • Care for the community of life in all its diversity as a responsibility shared by everyone.
  • Strive to build free, just, participatory, and sustainable communities.
  • Secure peace and Earth's abundance and beauty for present and future generations.
I hope the readers of this book will come to share those goals and to understand the reasons they are so important.

-William P. Cunningham

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