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Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions 17th Edition

G. Tyler Miller Jr., Scott Spoolman

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2009, 2007, 2007
  • 800 Pages

Overview

Sustainability is the integrating theme of this current and thought-provoking book. LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT provides the basic scientific tools for understanding and thinking critically about the environment. Co-authors G. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman inspire students to take a positive approach toward finding and implementing useful environmental solutions in their own lives and in their careers. Updated with the most up-to-date information, art, and "Good News" examples, the text engages and motivates students with vivid case studies and hands-on quantitative exercises. The concept-centered approach transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. Overall, by framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, students see how promising the future can be.

G. Tyler Miller Jr.,

G. Tyler Miller has written 62 textbooks for introductory courses in Environmental Science, Basic Ecology, Energy and Environmental Chemistry. Since 1975, Dr. Miller's books have been the most widely used textbooks for Environmental Science in the United States and throughout the world. Translated into eight languages, they have been used by almost 3 million students. Dr. Miller has a professional background in Chemistry, Physics and Ecology. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has received two honorary doctoral degrees for his contributions to environmental education. He taught college for 20 years, developed one of the nation's first environmental studies programs and created an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write Environmental Science textbooks full time in 1975. Currently, he is the president of Earth Education and Research, which is devoted to improving environmental education.

Scott Spoolman,

Scott Spoolman is a writer with more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a coauthor on editions of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE and SUSTAINING THE EARTH. With Norman Myers, he also coauthored ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS: A MODULAR APPROACH. Spoolman holds a master's degree in Science Journalism from the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous books and articles in the fields of Environmental Science, Geology and Natural History, Political Science and Business. He worked as an acquisitions editor on a series of college Forestry textbooks. He has also worked as a consulting editor in the development of over 70 college and high school textbooks in fields of the natural and social sciences. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the forests and waters of his native Wisconsin along with his family: his wife--environmental educator Gail Martinelli--son Will and daughter Katie.
  • NEW: "Good News" logos mark areas in the text that present positive developments in efforts to deal with environmental problems.
  • NEW: "Connections" boxes in each chapter briefly describe connections between human activities and environmental consequences, environmental and social issues, and environmental issues and solutions.
  • NEW: Over half of the book's 25 chapters have new "Core Case Studies" that are threaded throughout each chapter. These case studies explore current and relevant environmental topics and place them in the context of sustainability for the student.
  • NEW: "Three Big Ideas" appear near the end of every chapter, reinforcing key take-away ideas students can apply.
  • NEW: Enhanced art program includes a wealth of new and updated figures, new photos, and a new design that reinforces and enhances learning.
  • OBJECTIVE COVERAGE: A strong emphasis on scientific objectivity and the need for non-biased solutions is a hallmark of the text. "Trade-Offs" boxes present advantages and disadvantages of various environmental technologies and solutions to environmental problems.
  • CENTRAL THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY: Three clearly explained principles of sustainability (solar energy, chemical cycling, and biodiversity) are integrated throughout every chapter and take students through the practical steps they can take toward more sustainable lifestyles. Icons highlight sustainability throughout the text.
  • CONCEPT-CENTERED APPROACH: To help students focus on the main ideas, each major chapter section is built around one to two key concepts which state the most important take-away messages of each chapter.
  • PERSONAL RELEVANCE: "What Can You Do?" boxes describe how students can make a difference and "How Would You Vote?" questions give them an opportunity to think critically about issues. "Solutions" subsections present proven and possible solutions for students to explore and "Individuals Matter" boxes describe what various concerned citizens and scientists have done to help work toward sustainability.
  • REAL DATA: Each chapter includes a quantitative Data Analysis or Ecological Footprint Analysis exercise. Data Analysis exercises include graphs and real-life data that students refer to directly to answer quantitative questions. Ecological Footprint Analysis exercises focus on human impact through analysis of emissions data, population data, and other current real-life statistics.
PART I: HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW.
1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
PART II: SCIENCE, ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES, AND SUSTAINABILITY.
2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Biodiversity and Evolution.
5. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control.
6. The Human Population and Its Impact.
7. Climate and Biodiversity.
8. Aquatic Biodiversity.
PART III: SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
10. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach.
11. Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity.
PART IV: SUSTAINING NATURAL RESOURCES.
12. Food, Soil, and Pest Management.
13. Water Resources.
14. Geology and Nonrenewable Minerals.
15. Nonrenewable Energy.
16. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
PART V: SUSTAINING ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.
17. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
18. Air Pollution.
19. Climate Disruption and Ozone Depletion.
20. Water Pollution.
21. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
22. Sustainable Cities.
PART VI: SUSTAINING HUMAN SOCIETIES.
23. Economics, Environment, and Sustainability.
24. Politics, Environment, and Sustainability.
25. Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability.
SUPPLEMENTS.
1. Measurement Units.
2. Reading Graphs and Maps.
3. U.S. Environmental History.
4. Some Basic Chemistry.
5. Classifying and Naming Species.
6. Components and Interactions in Major Biomes.
7. Weather Basics, El Niño, Tornadoes, and Tropical Cyclones.
8. Maps.
9. Environmental Data and Data Analysis.

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