Essential Environment The science behind the stories 4/ED


  • Author: Jay H Withgott Matthew Laposata
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • ISBN-13: 9789332544970
  • Pages: 480
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2015


About The Book

Essential Environment: The Science behind the Stories, Fourth Edition engages students with integrated central case studies that provide students with a tangible framework for understanding science in a brief 18-chapter book. Jay Withgott and new co-author Matt Laposata present the latest coverage of environmental science and introduce new FAQ sections to address common student misconceptions.

Table of Content:

1. Science and Sustainability: An Introduction to Environmental Science
2. Environmental Systems: Chemistry, Energy, and Ecosystems
3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology
4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology
5. Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy
6. Human Population
7. Soil, Agriculture, and the Future of Food
8. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
9. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas
10. Environmental Health and Toxicology
11. Geology, Minerals, and Mining
12. Fresh Water, Oceans, and Coasts
13. Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution
14. Global Climate Change
15. Nonrenewable Energy Sources, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservation
16. Renewable Energy Alternatives
17. Managing Our Waste
18. The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities.
Appendix: Some Basics on Graphs
Appendix: Metric System

Salient Features:

• Unique Integrated Central Case Studies draw students in at the start of each chapter and continue to unfold throughout the chapter text, making the science more understandable and interesting to learn.
• Science behind the Story boxes highlight how scientists develop hypotheses, test predictions, and analyze and interpret data. These engaging profiles of current and classic research help students understand the scientific process.
• Emphasis is placed on developing students’ critical thinking skills. Weighing the Issues questions throughout each chapter encourage students to grapple with ethical questions and apply what they have learned. Seeking Solutions questions at the end of each chapter challenge students to consider ways to resolve environmental problems.
• Unique activities build basic data and graph reading skills for math-phobic students. Calculating Ecological Footprints activities at the end of each chapter challenge students to quantify the environmental impacts of their own actions, and then scale these impacts up to the societal level. Our extensive Graphing Appendix and our GraphIt! Mastering activities provide help with building basic data and graph-reading skills.
• Emphasis is placed on current data and citing sources so you can rely upon and trace the source of information presented