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Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 5th Edition
Author: Jay H. Withgott (Author), Matthew Laposata (Author)
Essential Environment: The Science behind the Stories, Fifth Edition engages students using current, integrated case studies that provide a context for understanding science and environmental concerns in a brief, 18-chapter text. Jay With gott and Matt Laposata present the latest understanding of environmental science along with expanded FAQ discussions that address common student misconceptions and with new Data Analysis questions that build quantitative literacy.
Mastering EnvironmentalScience® with eText is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product that improves results by helping students quickly master concepts both in and outside the classroom. Mastering EnvironmentalScience incorporates activities written by the authors, so your students will arrive better prepared for class. The book and Mastering EnvironmentalScience work together to create a classroom experience that makes teaching and learning more efficient and enjoyable.
You perform one of our society’s most vital jobs by educating today’s students—the citizens and leaders of tomorrow—on the fundamentals of the world around them, the nature of science, and the most central issues of our time. We have written this book to assist you in this endeavor because we feel that the crucial role of environmental science in today’s world makes it imperative to engage, educate, and inspire a broad audience of students.
In Essential Environment: The Science behind the Stories, we strive to implement a diversity of modern teaching approaches and to show how science can inform efforts to bring about a sustainable society. We aim to encourage critical thinking and to maintain a balanced approach as we flesh out the vibrant social debate that accompanies environmental issues. As we assess the challenges facing our civilization and our planet, we focus on providing forward-looking solutions, for we truly feel there are many reasons for optimism.
As environmental science has grown, so has the length of textbooks that cover it. With this volume, we aim to meet the needs of introductory courses that favor a more succinct and affordable book. We have distilled the most essential content from our full-length book, Environment: The Science behind the Stories, now in its fifth edition. We have streamlined our material, updated our coverage, and carefully crafted our writing to make Essential Environment every bit as readable, informative, and engaging as its parent volume.
New to This Edition
In this fifth edition of Essential Environment, we have incorporated the most current information from a fast-moving field. A number of major changes new to this edition enhance our presentation while strengthening our commitment to teach science in an engaging and accessible way.
CENTRAL CASE STUDY
Seven of our 17 Central Case Studies are new to this edition, providing a wealth of fresh stories and new ways to frame issues in environmental science.
Students will travel from Pennsylvania to Hawaii and from Africa to Mexico to Costa Rica as they learn how debates over hydraulic fracturing, air pollution, deforestation, and biodiversity conservation are affecting people’s lives. In addition, two new case studies focus on campus sustainability initiatives, showcasing some of the many innovative steps students are taking to advance sustainable solutions on campus.
■ Chapter 3: Saving Hawaii’s Native Forest Birds
■ Chapter 5: Costa Rica Values Its Ecosystem Services
■ Chapter 7: Farm to Table—And Back Again—The Commons at Kennesaw State University
■ Chapter 8: Will We Slice through the Serengeti?
■ Chapter 13: Clearing the Air in L.A. and Mexico City
■ Chapter 15: Hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale
■ Chapter 17: A Mania for Recycling on Campus
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE STORY
Eight of our 18 Science Behind the Story features are new to this edition, giving you a current and exciting selection of scientific studies to highlight. Students will follow researchers as they evaluate energy sources, design climate models, monitor animal populations, assess impacts of smog and forest fragmentation, and seek solutions to pollution from hydraulic fracturing and plastic in the ocean.
■ Chapter 3: Monitoring Bird Populations at Hakalau Forest
■ Chapter 8: Wildlife Declines in African Reserves
■ Chapter 9: Forest Fragmentation in the Amazon
■ Chapter 11: Can Acid Mine Drainage Reduce Fracking’s Environmental Impact?
■ Chapter 12: Predicting the Oceans’ “Garbage Patches”
■ Chapter 13: Measuring the Health Impacts of Mexico City’s Air Pollution
■ Chapter 14: How Do Climate Models Work?
■ Chapter 16: Comparing Energy Sources
Selected Science behind the Story features are now supported by new “Process of Science” exercises online in Mastering Environmental Science that use these examples to help students explore how scientists conduct their work.