Environmental Science

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Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2012 - Science - 669 pages
Updated throughout with the latest data from the field, the new Ninth Edition of Environmental Science provides a comprehensive, student-friendly introduction to the environmental issues facing society today and offers numerous solutions for how we can create a more sustainable way of life. Chiras focuses on the underlying cause of environmental problems and is sure to present both sides of the issue at hand. Each chapter highlights critical analysis to help student determine how to approach these complex topics and determine the merits of the debates for themselves. The Ninth Edition includes updated and expanded coverage of environmental economics, ecology, and the application of science and technology as it applies to environmental concerns.

- Updated and revised throughout to keep pace with the changes in the field.
- New and updated Go Green marginal notes provide helpful, inexpensive, and practical tips which will help us all build a sustainable future.
- Chapter 15, Foundations of a Sustainable Energy System, includes new content on energy-conservation options, fuel efficiency standards, electric cars, and 'green buildings'.
- Stresses critical thinking skills by urging students to analyze complex issues and make rational decisions on key topics.
- Spotlight on Sustainable Development boxes give students further insight into timely environmental issues.
- Point/Counterpoint sections help students examine both sides of popular environmental issues.
- Key Concept boxes highlight the crucial concepts that form the foundation of environmental science.
 

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Contents

Environmental Science Sustainability and Critical Thinking
1
Environmental Protection and Sustainability
14
Understanding the Root Causes of the Environmental Crisis
34
Principles of Ecology How Ecosystems Work
50
Principles of Ecology Biomes and Aquatic Life Zones
73
Principles of Ecology SelfSustaining Mechanisms in Ecosystems
96
Human Ecology Our Changing Relationship with the Environment
119
Population Measuring Growth and Its Impact
134
Creating Sustainable Cities Suburbs and Towns Sustainable Community Development and Environmental Protection
365
Principles of Toxicology and Risk Assessment
384
Air Pollution and Noise Living and Working in a Healthy Environment
410
Global Air Pollution Ozone Depletion Acid Deposition and Global Climate Change
434
Water Pollution Sustainably Managing a Renewable Resource
468
Pests and Pesticides Growing Crops Sustainably
496
Hazardous and Solid Wastes Sustainable Solutions
519
Environmental Ethics The Foundation of a Sustainable Society
546

Stabilizing the Human Population Strategies for Sustainability
152
Creating a Sustainable System of Agriculture to Feed the Worlds People
167
Preserving Biological Diversity
194
Grasslands Forests and Wilderness Sustainable Management Strategies
221
Water Resources Preserving Our Liquid Assets and Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems
245
Nonrenewable Energy Sources
275
Foundations of a Sustainable Energy System Conservation and Renewable Energy
313
The Earth and Its Mineral Resources
348
Sustainable EconomicsEconomics and Challenges Facing the Industrial Nations
560
Sustainable Economic Development Challenges Facing the Developing Nations
589
Law Government and Society
602
Glossary
627
Index
1
Photo Credits
31
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Daniel D. Chiras holds a Ph.D. in physiology and teaches courses on sustainability and environmental health at the universities of Colorado and Denver. He is also an avid musician, organic gardener, river runner, and bicyclist. He lives with his family in a passive solar/solar electric, straw bale, and rammed tire house in Evergreen, Colorado.

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