Synopses & Reviews
In this edition of Miller's ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, a new Student CD-ROM, INTERACTIVE CONCEPTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, has been added! This groundbreaking addition integrates nearly 100 engaging animations and interactions with chapter summaries, flashcards, and Web-based quizzes. Organized by chapter, students will find links to relevant resources, narrated animations, interactive figures, and prompts to review material and test themselves. The animations show complex processes and relationships unfolding on screen, such as the effects of acid rain, smog formation, and the phosphorus cycle. Narration allows students to focus on what is changing on screen while interactions allow students to explore figures in more depth. This Tenth Edition is a significant, all-encompassing revision providing continuing focus on the basic scientific content necessary to understand environmental issues in clear, straightforward language. It provides the latest developments and reflects several major shifts in environmental science education this century. Designed as a foundational text for environmental science courses, Miller's flexible book is adaptable to almost any approach, and is the most widely embraced approach to environmental science in print. With fair and balanced coverage and Internet tools integrated throughout, the book features an extensively developed art program, writing that communicates scientific information clearly and effectively, and the most current coverage of the subject. The book's flexible organization means that it can be adapted to fit almost any syllabus. Miller's more than 30 years of research and teaching expertise make this the definitive book on the subject. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: WORKING WITH THE EARTH, Tenth Edition is a concise alternative to G. Tyler Miller's best-selling text LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, which redefines the environmental science course and sets the standard by which every other book for this course is judged.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 11th Edition, boasts an unparalleled coverage of sustainability, basic science, and bias-free comparisons, within a flexible chapter organization and supported by the strongest media tools and illustration program available. New media to this edition includes: "How Would You Vote?" found at http://biology.brookscole.com/miller11. This is an application of 68 provocative environmental issues covered in the text. Students investigate the issues in a structured manner, and then cast their votes on the Web where the results are tallied; Environmental ScienceNow, a learning tool that helps students assess their study needs through pretests, post-test, personalized learning plans and "How Do I Prepare," which aides students in basic math, chemistry and graphing review; and InfoTrac College Edition, a library of full text articles; PowerLecture for Miller's Environmental Science, 11th Edition. This one-stop PowerPoint Tool contains robust, preloaded PowerPoint lecture images organized by every chapter. PowerLecture contains: animations that bring key topics and concepts to life; a slide-sorting view for each chapter that lets you select, copy and paste slides into your PowerPoint lecture; the ability to select a piece of a figure and enlarge it; labels in text boxes that you can edit, remove, or present one label at a time; quick access to animations and videos--if a PowerPoint slide contains a green button, just click on it to show a related animation; Instructor's Manual and associated chapter outlines; and Test Bank--a complete electronic file of test items.
Miller's science-based coverage helps clarify complex environmental issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, biodiversity loss, energy options and policies, and others. A continuing emphasis on integration of economics and the environment throughout. Miller emphasizes the increased use of emissions trading, environmental accounting, full-cost pricing, selling services instead of things, and evolving eras of environmental management in a growing number of businesses. Many new topics including transfer of energy by convection, conduction, and radiation (Figure 3-9); life cycle of frogs (Figure 7-6); human ecological footprints on the earth??s surface (Figure 8-12) and on North America (Figure 17-8); four principles of sustainability (Figures 8-13 and 8-12); possible beneficial effects of global warming in some areas (Figure 13-13); sequestration of carbon dioxide to slow global warming (Figure 13-16); industrial ecosystem in Denmark (Figure 15-6); use of phytoremediation (Figure 15-9) and a plasma torch (Figure 15-10) to treat hazardous wastes; terrorism and the release toxic chemicals from industrial plants; mercury contamination in the environment (Figures 15-19 and 15-20); ten most endangered U.S. songbirds (Figure 18-7); examples of nonnative species found in the United States (Figure 18-8); .brief history of oil; terrorist treats to nuclear wastes stored at nuclear power plants; and terrorist threats from dirty radioactive bombs.
About the Author
Tyler Miller has written or co-authored 60 editions of various textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy, and environmental chemistry. Since 1975, Miller's books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. They have been used by almost 3 million students and have been translated into eight languages. Miller has a PhD from the University of Virginia and has received two honorary doctorate degrees for his contributions to environmental education. He taught college for 20 years and developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. He describes his hopes for the future as follows: If I had to pick a time to be alive, it would be the next 75 years. Why? First, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that we are in the process of seriously degrading our own life-support system. In other words, we are living unsustainably. Second, within the next 75 years we have the opportunity to learn how to live more sustainably by working with the rest of nature, as described in this book. I am fortunate to have three smart, talented, and wonderful sons--Greg, David, and Bill. I am especially privileged to have Kathleen as my wife, best friend, and research associate. It is inspiring to have a brilliant, beautiful (inside and out), and strong woman who cares deeply about nature as a lifemate. She is my hero. I dedicate this book to her and to the earth.
Table of Contents
Part I: HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY. 1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes and Sustainability. 2. Environmental Economics, Politics, and Worldviews. Part II: SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS. 3. Science, Systems, Matter, and Energy. 4. Ecosystems: Components, Energy Flow, and Matter Cycling. 5. Evolution and Biodiversity: Origin, Niches, and Adaptation. 6. Climate, Terrestrial Biodiversity, and Aquatic Biodiversity. 7. Community Ecology: Structure, Species Interactions, Succession, and Sustainability. 8. Population Dynamics, Carrying Capacity, and Conservation Biology. 9. Geology: Processes, Minerals, Hazards, and Soils. 10. Risk, Toxicology, and Human Health. Part III: POPULATION, RESOURCES, AND SUSTAINABILITY. 11. The Human Population: Growth and Distribution. 12. Air and Air Pollution. 13. Climate Change and Ozone Loss. 14. Water Resources and Water Pollution. 15. Solid and Hazardous Waste. Part IV: SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY. 16. Food Resources. 17. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach. 18. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach. Part V: ENERGY RESOURCES. 19. Nonrenewable Energy Resources. 20. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Appendixes. Glossary. Index.