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Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future, Pearson New International Edition eBook, 12th Edition

Richard T. Wright
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Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future, Pearson New International Edition eBook, 12th Edition

By Richard T. Wright, Dorothy F. Boorse
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Overview
Author
Richard T. Wright
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Edition
12th
ISBN
9781292034096
Published Date
26/07/2013

For introductory courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Biology.

With dramatically revised illustrations, the 12th Edition of Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future is even more student-friendly while retaining the currency and accuracy that has made Wright/Boorse a best seller. The text and media program continue to help students understand the science behind environmental issues and what they can do to build a more sustainable future, with further exploration of the hallmark core themes: Science, Sustainability, and Stewardship.

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Features
  • Three unifying themes of science, sustainability, and stewardship help students conceptualise the task of forging a sustainable future.
  • Essays explore the three themes at appropriate points within chapters and provide a memorable perspective on the topic. Themes are recapped and discussed at the end of each chapter to help students connect the chapter topics to the themes. A final capstone chapter revisits these themes.
  • Timely coverage of topical concerns include the Fukishima earthquake as a major environmental disaster; hydrofracking in the northeastern United States, the “environmentalist’s paradox;” and the “Smart Grid.”
  • Unique chapter on ecosystem capital (Chapter 7: The Use and Restoration of Ecosystems) explores how ecosystems provide valuable goods and services to society.
  • Making a Difference sections appear at the end of each chapter and give students practical suggestions for promoting sustainable practices and protecting the earth for future generations.
  • An early discussion of Economics and Policy (in Chapter 2) gives students a basic foundation in the social sciences before studying specific issues.
  • Chapter organisation provides cohesive units on Ecology (Part 2, Chapters 3—7) and Human Population and Essential Resources (Part 3, Chapters 8—13).
  • This book is printed on FSC certified paper to set the gold standard in use of environmentally responsible publishing, following guidelines from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for reducing energy usage, reducing impact on forests, and limiting the release of toxic chemicals into the environment.
Table of contents
  • I. FRAMEWORK FOR A SUSTATAINABLE FUTURE
  • 1. Science and the Environment
  • 2. Economics, Politics, and Public Policy
  • II. ECOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF ORGANISMS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT
  • 3. Basic Needs of Living Things
  • 4. Populations and Communities
  • 5. Ecosystems: Energy, Patterns, and Disturbance
  • 6. Wild Species and Biodiversity
  • 7. The Use and Restoration of Ecosystems
  • III. THE HUMAN POPULATION AND ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
  • 8. The Human Population
  • 9. Population and Development
  • 10. Water: Hydrologic Cycle and Human Use
  • 11. Soil: Foundation for Land Ecosystems
  • 12. The Production and Distribution of Food
  • 13. Pests and Pest Control
  • IV. HARNESSING ENERGY FOR HUMAN SOCIETY
  • 14. Energy from Fossil Fuels
  • 15. Renewable Energy
  • 16. Nuclear Power
  • V. POLLUTION AND PREVENTION
  • 17. Environmental Hazards and Human Health
  • 18. Global Climate Change
  • 19. Atmospheric Pollution
  • 20. Water Pollution and Its Prevention
  • 21. Municipal Solid Waste: Disposal and Recovery
  • 22. Hazardous Chemicals: Pollution and Prevention
  • VI. STEWARDSHIP FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
  • 23. Sustainable Communities and Lifestyles
  • Glossary
  • Index