Environmental Issues: An Introduction to Sustainability

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Prentice Hall, 2007 - Science - 338 pages
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This book combines simple math, the metric system, and critical thinking to gain insight into relevant local, regional, and global environmental issues, with a focus on sustainability. The presentation of real-world issues and examples fosters the development of the math and analytical skills necessary to truly think critically and to understand these complex issues. A seven-part organization examines basic concepts and tools, as well as topical, relevant, and timely issues related to principles of sustainability, population and migration, climate change, energy, consumption and the quality of life, threats to ecosystems, and sustainability and the individual. For individuals interested in environmental studies and science, and in the relationship of math and science to the environment.

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Concise, informative, clear text. Illustrated with numerous charts and graphs that add to the readers understanding of the material. This would be an effective text for most undergraduate courses where the reader has a small amount of base knowledge, but is applicable even for those with little to no base knowledge. Terms are clearly defined, and jargon is avoided.
Because it is somewhat introductory in nature, much of the in-depth is lacking. However, as an overview introduction to sustainability, it works great. Fairly unbiased and tries to avoid some of the major controversies in sustainability.
 

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Using Math and Critical Thinking
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Part One Principles of Sustainability
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Part Two Population and Migration
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