Rather than the 25 to 30 chapters found in most environmental science textbooks, the authors have limited Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry and Applications to 16 chapters--perfect for the one-semester, non-majors environmental science course. True to its title, the goal of this concise text is to provide an up-to-date, introductory view of essential themes in environmental science along with offering students numerous opportunities to practice scientific thinking and active learning.
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Current climate change updates and its impacts on people and the environment.
Energy systems: completely revised this important chapter to reflect dramatic changes in production of both conventional energy and renewable energy. Energy production is one of the most important issues in environmental science because of its impacts on climate and on land change, biodiversity, water resources, and other considerations.
Sustainability and student empowerment: This book connects readings to actions students can take to improve sustainability on campus and in their communities.
Throughout the book there are many graphs and maps which help students get used to visualizing data.
Interactive Data Analysis in Connect. Connect provides data analysis questions from the end of each chapter and offers these as assignable questions within Connect.
Up-to-date information: Throughout the text, we provide the most current available data, as well as recent innovations in meeting environmental challenges. We introduce students to current developments such as establishment of Marine Protected Areas, REDD (reducing emissions through deforestation and degradation), renewable energy development in China, fertility declines in the developing world, and the impact of global food trade on world hunger.
Beautiful Art: This test uses beautiful drawings that bring key concepts to life. Creative paging also gives the product an accessible, compelling appearance. Dozens of striking, thought-provoking photographs highlight crucial topics.
Chapter on climate change: Global warming may well be the most difficult and important challenge the world will face in this century. In response to suggestions from reviewers climate change is an independent chapter giving it the attention and emphasis it deserves.
Case Studies: New and updated opening case studies give readers current and exciting examples of environmental science in action. They utilize stories to portray real-life global issues that affect our food, quality of life, and future engaging students in content. Case studies illustrate important principles and demonstrate the importance and interconnections of these issues. Because grim stories can stop students in their tracks, majority of our case studies offer a positive view of progress towards sustainability and environmental protection. And while we updated the case studies for this edition, all case studies from previous editions can be found on Connect at http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com.
Exploring Science readings: These boxed readings illustrate how science is actually done as well as presenting information about important topics in environmental science. These readings exemplify the principles of scientific observation and data gathering to help students understand scientific research. Many of these readings, like the case studies, give encouraging examples of progress toward sustainability.
Active Learning readings: Throughout Cunningham 8e, the authors include Active Learning exercises you can include in your lecture. These exercises can promote group discussions and critical thinking.
"What Do You Think" boxes in every chapter provide students critical thinking questions about their personal views for current and future settings
"What Can YOU DO?" boxes in every chapter provide students with a situation and potential solutions to the issue. This helps students connect the course to their life and show relevance.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Understanding Our Environment
Chapter 2: Environmental Systems: Matter and Energy of Life
Chapter 3: Evolution, Species Interactions, and Biological Communities
Chapter 4: Human Populations
Chapter 5: Biomes and Biodiversity
Chapter 6: Environmental Conservation: Forests, Grasslands, Parks, and Nature Preserves
Chapter 7: Food and Agriculture
Chapter 8: Environmental Health and Toxicology
Chapter 9: Climate
Chapter 10: Air Pollution
Chapter 11: Water: Resources and Pollution
Chapter 12: Environmental Geology and Earth Resources
Chapter 13: Energy
Chapter 14: Solid and Hazardous Waste
Chapter 15: Economics and Urbanization
Chapter 16: Environmental Policy and Sustainability
William Cunningham, University of Minnesota Mary Ann Cunnigham, Vassas College, New York