Environment: The Science Behind the Stories

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Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2011 - Science - 689 pages
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I. FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE -- 1. Science and Sustainability: An Introduction to Environmental Science -- 2. Earth's Physical Systems: Matter, Energy, and Geology -- 3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology -- 4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology -- 5. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology -- 6. Environmental Ethics and Economics: Values and Choices -- 7. Environmental Policy: Decision Making and Problem Solving -- II. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND THE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS -- 8. Human Population -- 9. Soil and Agriculture -- 10. Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food -- 11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology -- 12. Forests, Their Management, and Parks and Protected Areas -- 13. The Urban Environment: Creating Livable and Sustainable Cities -- 14. Environmental Health and Toxicology -- 15. Freshwater Systems and Resources -- 16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources -- 17. Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution -- 18. Global Climate Change -- 19. Fossil Fuels, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservation -- 20. Conventional Energy Alternatives -- 21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives -- 22. Managing Our Waste -- 23. Minerals and Mining -- 24. Sustainable Solutions.

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Jay H. Withgott

Jay H. Withgott is a science and environmental writer with a background in scientific research and teaching. He holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Arizona. As a researcher, he has published scientific papers on topics in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, and conservation biology in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, Evolution, and Animal Behavior. He has taught university-level laboratory courses in ecology, ornithology, vertebrate diversity, anatomy, and general biology.

As a science writer, Jay has authored articles for a variety of journals and magazines including Science, New Scientist, BioScience, Smithsonian, Current Biology, Conservation in Practice, and Natural History. He combines his scientific expertise with his past experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers to make science accessible and engaging for general audiences.

Jay lives with his wife, biologist Susan Masta, in Portland, Oregon.

Scott Brennan

Scott Brennan has taught environmental science, ecology, resource policy, and journalism at Western Washington University and at Walla Walla Community College. He has also worked as a journalist, photographer, and consultant.

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