Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, Global Edition Mastering Environmental Science with eText, 5th Edition

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Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, Global Edition Mastering Environmental Science with eText, 5th Edition

By Jay H. Withgott, Matthew Laposata
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Mastering Environmental Science is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

Please Note: The duration of access to Mastering Environmental Science is set by your instructor for your specific unit of study. To access Mastering Environmental Science you may need a Course ID from your instructor.

Environment: The Science behind the Stories continues to revolutionise the environmental science course with integrated central case studies and real-life stories that provide students with a concrete and engaging framework for understanding and applying the scientific process to environmental concerns. The newly revised 5th Edition offers a highly effective integration between text and media and an emphasis on scientific literacy and data analysis skills to encourage students to critically evaluate information about environmental issues.


  • Integrated Central Case Studies begin and are woven throughout each chapter, highlighting the real people, real places, and real data behind environmental issues. The Central Case Studies draw students in, and provide a contextual framework to make science memorable and engaging.
  • Science behind the Story boxes highlight how scientists develop hypotheses, test predictions, and analyse and interpret data. These fascinating profiles of current research help students understand “how we know what we know” about environmental issues.
  • Weighing the Issues questions encourage students to develop critical-thinking skills, grapple with ethical questions, and apply what they have learned as they go through each chapter.
  • Calculating Ecological Footprint activities at the end of every chapter allow students to quantify the environmental impacts of their own actions, and then scale these impacts up to the societal level.
  • Campus Sustainability coverage in the final chapter shows how students are helping to forge sustainable solutions on campuses across North America.
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Table of contents
  • 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. Ethics, Economics, and Sustainable Development
  • 7. Environmental Policy: Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • 8. Human Population
  • 9. Soil and Agriculture
  • 10. Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food
  • 11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • 12. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas
  • 13. The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities
  • 14. Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • 15. Freshwater Systems and Resources
  • 16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources
  • 17. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality, and Pollution Control
  • 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