Unlike any other introductory environmental science text, Robert Kaufmann and Cutler Cleveland's Environmental Science takes a fresh approach to the subject by weaving themes of energy and materials, economic systems, and policy throughout the entire text. A story of real science is simply told through examples of cutting-edge content, real-world applications, and a distinctive conceptual illustration program.
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Table of Contents
Introduction to Environmental Science1 Environment and Society: A Sustainable Partnership?
Building a Framework to Study Environmental Problems2 The Laws of Energy and Matter3 Systems: Why Are Environmental Problems So Difficult to Solve?
How the Natural Environment Works4 THe Physical Systems of Planet Earth: The Engine of Life5 The Flow of Energy in Biological Systems: Why Does It Matter?6 The Flow of Matter in the Environment: Why Does It Matter?7 Biomes: Where Do Plants and Animals Live?8 Succession: How Do Ecosystems Respond to Disturbance?
How Human Systems Work9 Carrying Capacity: How Large a Population?10 An Ecological View of the Economy11 The Driving Forces of Environmental Change
Global Environmental Challenges12 Biodiversity: Species and So Much More13 Global Climate Change: A Warming Planet14 A Reduction in Atmospheric Ozone: Let the Sunshine In
Living Off the Land: Soils, Food Production, and Forests15 Soil: A Potentially Sustainable Resource16 Agriculture: The Ecology of Growing Food17 Forests: So Much More Than Wood
Air and Water Resources18 Water Resources19 Air Pollution: Costs and Benefits of Clean Air
Energy and Materials20 Fossil Fuels: The Lifeblood of the Global Economy21 Nuclear Power22 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency23 Materials, Society, and the Environment24 A Sustainable Future: Will Business as Usual Get Us There?