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Visualizing #184: Visualizing Environmental Scienceby Linda R Berg
Synopses & Reviews
The new third edition provides environmental scientists with an approach that focuses on visuals rather than excessive content. The streamlined coverage discusses the basic science so students walk away with a strong understanding of the facts. New Think Critically and Data Interpretation features encourage them to analyse visuals and graphs to place information in context. The illustrations have been improved and additional opportunities to conduct real data analysis have been added. The What a Scientist Sees feature also gives environment scientists a real-world perspective of how a concept or phenomenon is applied in the field.
Book News Annotation:
The key theme for this third edition of an engaging text for non-science-major undergraduates is local to global scales of environmental science. Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the text integrates a wealth of color photos, illustrations, and maps from National Geographic's image collection with an interactive multimedia package on the online learning environment WileyPLUS. Students are assumed to have little or no prior knowledge of ecosystem ecology. The text begins with background on environmental challenges, sustainability, and risk analysis. The next three chapters look at how ecosystems, species, and human populations interact. The rest of the book deals with specific types of resources such as air, water, and biological and energy resources. Content is organized into manageable objectives, modules, and examples, with visual features such as timelines, global locator maps, and labeled illustrations of complex processes, all in color. Other learning features include boxes comparing how scientists and non-scientists see the issues being discussed, and thought-provoking, uncaptioned photos prompting creative thinking. This third edition contains three types of questions paired with graphics and images: critical thinking questions, local/global questions, and data interpretation questions. The online learning environment offers 50 National Geographic videos with problem-solving activities and 45 National Geographic maps with guided commentary and questions, along with interactive process diagrams and quizzes keyed to specific chapter objectives. Animated tutorials explain basic concepts in accessible terms. A teacher website contains lecture slides, tips on using the visuals, and a test bank. Berg is an award-winning veteran teacher of environmental science Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
1. The Environmental Challenges We Face.
Introduction: A World in Crisis.
Human Impacts on the Environment.
Sustainability and Earth's Capacity to Support Humans.
How We Handle Environmental Problems.
Case Study: The New Orleans Disaster.
2. Environmental Sustainability and Human Values.
Introduction: The Global Commons.
Human Use of the Earth.
Human Values and Environmental Problems.
An Overall Plan for Sustainable Living.
Case Study: Jakarta, Indonesia.
3. Environmental History, Politics, and Economics.
Introduction: Old Growth Forest of the Pacific Northwest.
Conservation and Preservation of Resources.
Case Study: Environmental Problems in Central and Eastern Europe.
4. Risk Analysis and Environmental Health Hazards.
Introduction: Pesticides and Children.
A Perspective on Risks.
Environmental Health Hazards.
Movement and Fate of Toxicants.
How We Determine the Health Effects of Pollutants.
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 Cycling of Matter in Ecosystems.
Interactions Among Organisms.
Case Study: Global Climate Change: Is There an Imbalance in the Carbon Cycle?
6. Ecosystems and Evolution.
Introduction: The Florida Everglades.
Earth's Major Biomes.
Population Responses to Changing Conditions Over Time: Evolution.
Community Responses to Changing Conditions over Time: Succession.
Case Study: Wildfires.
7. Human Population Change and the Environment.
Introduction: Slowing Population Growth in China.
Human Population Patterns.
Demographics of Countries.
Stabilizing World Population.
Population and Urbanization.
Case Study: Urban Planning in Curitiba, Brazil.
8. Air and Air Pollution.
Introduction: Long-Distance Transport of Air Pollution.
Types and Sources of Air Pollution.
Effects of Air Pollution.
Controlling Air Pollutants.
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.
Global Climate Change.
Ozone Depletion in the Stratosphere.
Case Study: International Implications of Global Climate Change.
10. Freshwater Resources and Water Pollution.
Introduction: The Missouri River: A Battle Over Water Rights.
The Importance of Water.
Improving Water Quality.
Case Study: Water Pollution in the Great Lakes.
11. The Ocean and Fisheries.
Introduction: Depleting Bluefin Tuna Stocks.
The Global Ocean.
Major Ocean Life Zones.
Human Impacts on the Ocean.
Addressing Ocean Problems.
Case Study: Humans and the Antarctic Food Web.
12. Mineral and Soil Resources.
Introduction: Copper Basin, Tennessee.
Plate Tectonics and The Rock Cycle.
Economic Geology: Useful Minerals.
Environmental Implications of Mineral Use.
Soil Properties and Processes.
Soil Problems and Conservation.
Case Study: Industrial Ecosystems.
13. Land Resources.
Introduction: Korup National Park.
Land Use in the United States.
National Parks and Wilderness Areas.
Conservation of Land Resources.
Case Study: The Tongas Debate Over Clear-Cutting.
14. Agriculture and Food Resources.
Introduction: Maintaining Grain Stockpiles for Food Security.
World Food Problems.
The Principle Types of Agriculture.
Challenges of Agriculture.
Solutions to Agriculture Problems.
Controlling Agriculture Pests.
Case Study: DDT and the American Bald Eagle.
15. Biological Resources.
Introduction: Disappearing Frogs.
Species Richness and Biological Diversity.
Endangered and Extinct Species.
Conservation Policies and Laws.
Case Study: Reintroducing the California Condor.
16. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
Introduction: Reusing and Recycling Old Automobiles.
Reducing Solid Waste.
Managing Hazardous Waste.
Case Study: High-Tech Waste.
17. Nonrenewable Energy Resources.
Introduction: Addiction to Oil.
Oil and Natural Gas.
Case Study: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
18. Renewable Energy Resources.
Introduction: Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Fuels.
Direct Solar Energy.
Indirect Solar Energy.
Other Renewable Energy Sources.
Energy Solutions: Conservation and Efficiency.
Case Study: Green Architecture.
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