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Environmental Science: A Global Concern

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Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Tenth Edition, is a comprehensive presentation of environmental science for non-science majors which emphasizes critical thinking, environmental responsibility, and global awareness. This book is intended for use in a one- or two-semester course in environmental science, human ecology, or environmental studies at the college or advanced placement high school level.

The goal of this book is to provide an up-to-date, introductory global view of essential themes in environmental science along with emphasis on details and case studies that will help students process and retain the general principles. Because most students who will use this book are freshman or sophomore non-science majors, the authors make the text readable and accessible without technical jargon or a presumption of prior science background.

About the Author

William Cunningham is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Minnesota where he taught for 36 years in the Departments of Botany and Genetics and Cell Biology as well as the Conservation Biology Program, the Institute for Social, Economic, and Ecological Sustainability, the Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, and the McArthur Program in Global Change. He received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas in 1963 and spent two years at Purdue University as a postdoctoral fellow. At various times, he has been a visiting scholar in Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, and China, as well as several universities and research institutions in the United States.Dr. Cunningham has devoted himself to education and teaching development at the undergraduate level in biology. He began his educational career in structural biology but for the last 10-15 years has concentrated on environmental science, teaching courses such as Social Uses of Biology; Garbage, Government, and the Globe; Environmental Ethics; and Conservation History. Within the past four years, he has received both of the two highest teaching honors that the University of Minnesota bestows — The Distinguished Teaching Award and a $15,000 Amoco Alumni Award. He has served as a Faculty Mentor for younger faculty at the university, sharing the knowledge and teaching skills that he has gained during his distinguished career.Mary Ann Cunningham teaches geography and geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental studies at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Her research involves using GIS to assess landscape-level problems in conservation and biodiversity. In particular, she is interested in understanding the nature of fragmentation in grassland environments and the effects of fragmentation on the make-up of bird communities. The agricultural landscapes where she has been working represent a complex and fascinating interaction of issues concerning working landscapes, resource use, remnant wildlife habitat, and landscape aesthetics. It is at the intersection of these issues that she likes to try and understand the geography of physical environments. Mary Ann earned a PhD in Geography at the University of Minnesota, an MA in Geography at the University of Oregon, and a BA in Geology at Carleton College.

Table of Contents

Learning to Learn

Part One Principles for Understanding Our Environment

1 Understanding Our Environment

2 Frameworks for Understanding: Science, Systems, and Ethics

3 Matter, Energy, and Life

4 Evolution, Biological Communities, and Species Interactions

5 Biomes: Global Patterns of Life

6 Population Biology

Part Two People in the Environment

7 Human Populations

8 Environmental Health and Toxicology

9 Food and Agriculture

10 Pest Control

Part Three Understanding and Managing Living Systems

11 Biodiversity

12 Land Use: Forests and Grasslands

13 Preserving and Restoring Nature

Part Four Physical Resources and Environmental Systems

14 Geology and Earth Resources

15 Air, Weather, and Climate

16 Air Pollution

17 Water Use and Management

18 Water Pollution

Part Five Issues and Policy

19 Conventional Energy

20 Sustainable Energy

21 Solid, Toxic, and Hazardous Waste

22 Urbanization and Sustainable Cities

23 Ecological Economics

24 Environmental Policy, Law, and Planning

25 What Then Shall We Do?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780077221225
Subtitle:
A Global Concern
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Author:
Cunningham, Mary Ann
Author:
Saigo, Barbara Woodworth
Author:
Cunningham, William P.
Subject:
Environmental Science
Copyright:
Series:
Environmental Science: A Global Concern
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
618
Dimensions:
11.03x9.26x1.08 in. 3.66 lbs.

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