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Visualizing Environmental Science (2ND 09 - Old Edition)


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This book follows a unique approach by placing a greater emphasis on visual learning as a means for environmental scientists to understand and connect with the central issues of environmental science. It vividly illustrates the overarching role that humans play in our planet's environmental problems and successes. In each chapter, What a Scientist Sees features are presented to highlight a concept or phenomenon from the perspective of a professional in the field. Process diagrams are also used to depict complex processes. Environmental scientists will be able to reinforce their understanding of the field and gain new insights with this second edition.

Table of Contents



1 The Environmental Challenges We Face

Introduction: A World in Crisis 

Human Impacts on the Environment 

The Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

Populations, Resources, and the Environment

Envirodiscovery: The Flood of Refugees

Sustainability and Earth’s Capacity to Support Humans 

Environmental Sciences

The Goals of Environmental Science

Science as a Process

What a Scientist Sees:  The Scientific Method

How We Handle Environmental Problems

Envirodiscovery: NIMBY and NIMTOO

Case Study: Tropical Rainforests Versus Agricultural Land 

2 Environmental Sustainability and Human Values

Introduction: Environmental Sustainability and the Global Commons

Human Use of the Earth

Sustainable Consumption

Human Values and Environmental Problems


Voluntary Simplicity

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice and Ethical Issues

An Overall Plan for Sustainable Living

Control Population Growth and Improve the Quality of Human Life

Respect and Care for Earth’s Biological Diversity

Work on Development and Conservation a the Local, National, and Global Levels

Envirodiscovery: Religion and the Environment

What Kind of World Do You Want?

Case Study: The 2002 World Summit 

3 Environmental History, Politics, and Economics

Introduction: Old Growth Forest of the Pacific Northwest

Conservation and Preservation

Environmental History

Protecting Forests

Establishing National Parks and Monuments

Conservation in the Mid-20th Century

The Environmental Movement

Envisodiscovery: Environmental Literacy

Environmental Legislation

Environmental Regulations

Accomplishments of Environmental Legislation

Environmental Economics

National Income Accounts and the Environment

An Economist’s View of Pollution

Economic Strategies for Pollution Control

Case Study: Environmental Problems in Central and Eastern Europe

4 Risk Analysis and Environmental Hazards

Introduction: Pesticides and Children

A Perspective on Risks

Environmental Health Hazards

Disease-Causing Agents in the Environment

Environmental Changes and Emerging Diseases

Movement and Fats of Toxicants

Mobility in the Environment

The Global Ban of Persistent Organic Pollutants

How We Determine the Health Effects of Pollutants

Cancer-Causing Pollutants

Risk Assessment of Chemical Mixtures

Children and Chemical Exposure

Envirodiscovery: Smoking: A Significant Risk

The Precautionary Principle

Case Study: Endocrine Disrupters

5 How Ecosystems Work

Introduction: Lake Victoria’s Ecological Imbalance

What is Ecology?

The Flow of Energy through Ecosystems

The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers

The Path of Energy Flow in Ecosystems

The Cycling of Matter in Ecosystems

The Hydrologic Cycle

The Carbon Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle

The Phosphorus Cycle

Ecological Niches

What a Scientist Sees: Resource Partitioning

Interactions among Organisms




Keystone Species

Case Study: Global Warming: Is there an Imbalance in the Carbon Cycle?

6 Ecosystems and Evolution

Introduction: the Florida Everglades

Earth’s Major Biomes


Boreal Forest

Temperate Rain Forest

Temperate Deciduous Forest

Tropical Rain Forest


Temperate Grassland



Aquatic Ecosystems

Freshwater Ecosystems

Freshwater Wetlands

Brackish Ecosystems

Marine Ecosystems

Population Responses to Changing Conditions over Time: Evolution

Natural Selection

The Domains and Kingdoms of Life

Community Responses to Changing Conditions over Time: Succession

Case Study: Wildfires 

7 Human Population Change and the Environment

Introduction: Slowing Population Growth in China

Population Ecology

How Do Populations Change in Size?

Maximum Population Growth

Environmental Resistance and Carrying Capacity

Human Population Patterns

Projecting Future Population Numbers

Demographics of Countries

The Demographic Transition

Age Structure of Countries

Stabilizing World Populations

Culture and Fertility

The Social and Economic Status of Women

Family Planning Services

What a Scientist Sees

Government Policies and Fertility

Population and Urbanization

Environmental Problems of Urban Areas

Environmental benefits of Urbanization

Urbanization Trends

8 Air and Air Pollution

Introduction: Long-Distance Transport of Air Pollution

The Atmosphere

Atmospheric Circulation

Types and Sources of Air Pollution

Major Causes of Air Pollutants

Sources of Outdoor Air Pollution

Effects of Air Pollution

Air Pollution and Human Health

Urban Air Pollution

How Weather And Topography Affect Air Pollution

Urban Heat Islands and Dust Domes

Controlling Air Pollution

Clean Air Act

Air Pollution in Developing Countries

Indoor Air Pollution


Case Study: Curbing Air Pollution in Chattanooga

9 Global Atmospheric Changes

Introduction: Melting Ice and Rising Sea Levels

The Atmosphere and Climate

Solar Radiation and Climate


Global Warming

Causes of Global Warming

Effects of Global Warming

Specific Ways to Deal with Global Warming

Ozone Depletion in the Stratosphere

Causes of Ozone Depletion

Effects of Ozone Depletion

Helping the Ozone Layer Recover

Acid Deposition

How Acid Deposition Develops

Effects Acid Deposition Develops

The Politics of Acid Deposition

Facilitating Recovery from Acid Deposition

Case Study: International Implication of Global Warming

10 Freshwater Resources and Water Pollution

Introduction: The Missouri River: A Battle Over Water Rights

The Importance of Water

Properties of Water

The Hydrologic Cycle and Our Supply of Fresh Water

Water-Resource Problems

Aquifer Depletion

Overdrawing Surface Waters

Salinization of Irrigated Soil

Global Water Issues

Water Management

Dams and Reservoirs: Managing the Columbia River

Water Conservation

Water Pollution

Types of Water Pollution

What a Scientist Sees

Sources of Water Pollution

Groundwater Pollution

Improving Water Quality

Purification of Drinking Water

Municipal Sewage Treatment

Controlling Water Pollution

Case Study: Water Pollution in the Great Lakes

11 The Ocean and Fisheries

Introduction: Closing the Georges Bank Fishery

The Global Ocean

Patterns of Circulation in the Ocean

Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction

Major Ocean Life Zones

The Intertidal Zone: Transition between Land and Ocean

The Benthic Environment

The Neritic Province: Shallow Waters Close to Shore

The Oceanic Province: Most of the Ocean

Human Impacts on the Ocean

World Fisheries

Aquaculture: Fish Farming

Marine Pollution and Deteriorating Habitat

Climate Change, Sea Level, Rise, and Warmer Temperatures

Addressing Ocean Problems

Future Actions

Case Study: Humans and the Antarctic Food Web

12 Mineral and Soil Resources

Introduction: Copper Basin, Tennessee

Plate Tectonics and Shifting Continents



Economic Geology: Useful Minerals

How Minerals Are Extracted and Processed

Environmental Implications of Mineral Use

Mining and the Environment

Environmental Impacts of Refining Minerals

Restoration of Mining Lands

Soil Properties and Processes

Soil Formation and Composition

What a Scientist Sees   

Soil Organisms

Soil Problems and Conservation

Soil Erosion

Soil Pollution

Soil Conservation and Regeneration

Case Study: Industrial Ecosystems

13 Land Resources

Introduction: Korup National Park

Land Use in the Untied States


Forest Management

What a Scientist Sees


Forests in the United States


Rangeland Degradation and Desertification

Rangeland Trends in the United States

National Parks and Wilderness Areas

National Parks

Wilderness Areas

Management of Federal Lands

Conservation of Land Resources

Case Study: The Tongas Debate Over Clearcutting

14 Agriculture and Food Resources

Introduction: Maintaining Grain Stockpiles for Food Security

World Food Problems

Population and World Hunger

Poverty and Food

The Principle Types of Agriculture

Challenges of Agriculture

Loss of Agricultural Land

Global Decline in Domesticated Plant and Animal Varieties

Increasing Crop Yields

Increasing Livestock Yields

Environmental Impacts of Agricultural

Solutions to Agriculture Problems

Moving to Sustainable Agriculture

Genetic Engineering: A Solution or a Problem?

Controlling Agricultural Pests

Benefits of Pesticides

Problems with Pesticides

What a Scientist Sees

Alternatives to Pesticides

Case Study: DDT and the American Bald Eagle

15 Biological Resources

Introduction: Disappearing Frogs

Species Richness and Biological Diversity

How Many Species Are There?

Why We Need Biological Resources

Importance of Genetic Diversity

Endangered and Extinct Species

Endangered and Threatened Species

Where Is Declining Biological Diversity the Greatest Problem?

Earth’s Biodiversity Hotspots

What a Scientist Sees

Human Causes of Species Endangerment

Conservation Biology

Protecting Habitats

Restoring Damaged of Destroyed Habitats

Zoos, Aquaria, Botanical Gardens, and Seed Banks

Conservation Organizations

Conservation Policies and Laws

The Endangered Species Act

International Conservation Policies and Laws

Case Study: Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone

16 Solid and Hazardous Waste

Introduction: Reusing and Recycling Old Automobiles

Disposal of Solid Waste

Types of Solid Waste

Disposal of Solid Waste

What a Scientist Sees

Reducing Solid Waste

Source Reduction

Reusing Products

Recycling Materials

Integrated Waste Management

Types of Hazardous Waste

Types of Hazardous Waste

Managing Hazardous Waste

Chemical Accidents

Public Policy and Toxic Waste Cleanup 

Managing Toxic Waste Production

Case Study: Hanford Nuclear Reservation

17 Nonrenewable Energy Resources

Introduction: Oil Prices and the World Oil Market

Energy Consumption


Environmental Impacts if Mining and Burning Coal

Making Coal a Cleaner Fuel

Oil and Natural Gas

Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas

Environmental Impacts of Oil and Natural Gas

Nuclear Energy

Conventional Nuclear Fission

Is Nuclear Energy Cleaner Than Coal?

Can Nuclear Energy Decrease Our Reliance on Foreign Oil?

Safety and Accidents Nuclear Power Plants

The Link Between Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons

Radioactive Wastes

What a Scientist Sees

Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants

Case Study: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

18 Renewable Energy Resources

Introduction: Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Fuels

Direct Solar Energy

Heating Buildings and Water

Solar Thermal Electric Generation

Photovoltaic Solar Cells

What a Scientist Sees

Solar-Generated Hydrogen

Indirect Solar Energy

Biomass Energy

Wind Energy


Other Renewable Energy Sources

Geothermal Energy

Tidal Energy

Energy Solution: Conservation and Efficiency

Energy Consumption Trends and Economics

Energy-Efficient Technology

Electric Power Companies and Energy Efficiency

Energy Conservation at Home

Case Study: Green Architecture



Product Details

Berg, Linda R.
Hager, Mary Catherine
Environmental Science
Environmental sciences
Environmental Studies-General
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Publication Date:
April 2009
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