Environmental Science, 13th Edition

  • G. Tyler Miller Jr.
  • Scott Spoolman
  • ISBN-10: 0495560162
  • ISBN-13: 9780495560166
  • 552 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2006
  • © 2011 | Published
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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE inspires and equips students to make a difference for the world. Featuring sustainability as their central theme, authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman emphasize natural capital, natural capital degradation, solutions, trade-offs, and the importance of individuals. As a result, students learn how nature works, how they interact with it, and how humanity has sustained—and can continue to sustain—its relationship with the earth by applying nature's lessons to economies and individual lifestyles. Engaging features like "Core Case Studies," "How Would You Vote" questions, and "Thinking About" exercises demonstrate the relevance of issues and encourage critical thinking. Updated with new learning tools, the latest content, and an enhanced art program, this highly flexible book allows instructors to vary the order of chapters and sections within chapters to meet the needs of their courses.


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  • "Connections" boxes point out connections between human activities and environmental consequences; environmental and social issues; and environmental issues and solutions.
  • A quantitative "Data Analysis" or "Ecological Footprint Analysis" exercise at the end of each chapter enable you to focus on human impact through analysis of emissions data, population data, and other current real-life statistics. New "Data and Map Analysis" exercises have also been added to the accompanying online resources.
  • "Three Big Ideas" at the end of each chapter summarize the three most important ideas of each chapter.
  • Chapter Review questions are more comprehensive and now include all chapter key terms in boldface.

What's New

  • Good News! logos mark areas in the text that present positive developments in efforts to deal with environmental problems.
  • "Connections" boxes point out connections between human activities and environmental consequences; environmental and social issues; and environmental issues and solutions.
  • A quantitative "Data Analysis" or "Ecological Footprint Analysis" exercise at the end of each chapter enables students to focus on human impact through analysis of emissions data, population data, and other current real-life statistics. New "Data and Map Analysis" exercises have also been added to the accompanying online resources.
  • "Three Big Ideas" at the end of each chapter summarize the three most important ideas of each chapter.
  • Chapter Review questions are more comprehensive and now include all chapter key terms in boldface.

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Table of Contents

HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW.
1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY.
2. Science, Matter, and Energy.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Evolution and Biodiversity.
5. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control.
6. The Human Population and Urbanization.
7. Climate and Biodiversity.
SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY.
8. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach.
SUSTAINING RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.
10. Food, Soil, and Pest Management.
11. Water Resources and Water Pollution.
12. Geology and Nonrenewable Minerals.
13. Energy.
14. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
15. Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Ozone Depletion.
16. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
SUSTAINING HUMAN SOCIETIES.
17. Environmental Economics, Politics, and Worldviews.
SUPPLEMENTS.
1. Measurement Units, Precision, and Accuracy.
2. Reading Graphs and Maps.
3. Maps and Data: Economics, Population, Hunger, Health, and Waste Production.
4. Maps: Biodiversity, Ecological Footprints, and Environmental Performance.
5. Overview of U.S. Environmental History.
6. Some Basic Chemistry.
7. Classifying and Naming Species.
8. Weather Basics, El Niño, Tornadoes, and Tropical Cyclones.
9. Maps and Data: Energy and Climate.
Glossary.
Index.

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Environmental Science  (ISBN-10: 0495560170 | ISBN-13: 9780495560173)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE inspires and equips students to make a difference for the world. Featuring sustainability as their central theme, authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman emphasize natural capital, natural capital degradation, solutions, trade-offs, and the importance of individuals. As a result, students learn how nature works, how they interact with it, and how humanity has sustained—and can continue to sustain—its relationship with the earth by applying nature's lessons to economies and individual lifestyles. Engaging features like "Core Case Studies," "How Would You Vote" questions, and "Thinking About" exercises demonstrate the relevance of issues and encourage critical thinking. Updated with new learning tools, the latest content, and an enhanced art program, this highly flexible book allows instructors to vary the order of chapters and sections within chapters to meet the needs of their courses.


GREENR Global Environment Watch Instant Access Code for Environmental Science  (ISBN-10: 1423928636 | ISBN-13: 9781423928638)

Updated several times a day, the GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT WATCH is a focused portal into GREENR—the Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources—an ideal one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects. This resource center keeps courses up-to-date with the most current news on the environment. Students get access to information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines, as well as statistics, an interactive world map, videos, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more. Bundled at no additional charge with any Cengage Learning title, the Global Environment Watch can also be purchased as a standalone item.


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Electronic Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1439046522 | ISBN-13: 9781439046524)

The Test Bank offers approximately 1,500 questions (with answers), updated and revised for this edition. Three levels of questions are provided: easy, moderate, and difficult, clearly marked in the text for easy and quick selection while creating tests for a wide variety of students.


Global Environment Watch Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1423929446 | ISBN-13: 9781423929444)

Updated several times daily, this comprehensive, interactive, and current resource is a one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects on environmental science issues. It includes news, background information, video, podcasts, unique commentaries, primary source documents, statistics, and more in highly accessible, visually appealing research areas.


Instructor's Manual with Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495560251 | ISBN-13: 9780495560258)


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Electronic Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495560197 | ISBN-13: 9780495560197)

The Instructor's Manual has been updated and revised for this edition. Video and Media references have been updated to make finding the right resource easier, and Key Terms are now highlighted in the chapter outlines.


Online Instructor's Manual for Environmental Watch  (ISBN-10: 1111570817 | ISBN-13: 9781111570811)


ACP Gobal Environmental Watch Enrichment Module  (ISBN-10: 1111471088 | ISBN-13: 9781111471088)

Customize your Environmental Science text with the Global Environment Watch custom chapter. Your students will read about the field of environmental science, sustainability, and climate change, including coverage of the Copenhagen Conference of 2009. The chapter also includes a user’s guide to the Global Environment Watch resource center to help students navigate on their own.


What Can You Do?  (ISBN-10: 0495829188 | ISBN-13: 9780495829188)

This booklet can be packaged with the text and offers students ideas and resources for what they can do to effect individual change on key environmental issues. Included are spots for students to evaluate what their carbon footprint is in the beginning, and how it changes as they make various adjustments in their life style.


Student Supplements

Student Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

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Updated several times a day, the GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT WATCH is your one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects. This resource center is a focused portal into GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) and keeps you up-to-date with the most current news on the environment. You get access to information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines, as well as statistics, an interactive world map, videos, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!


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Global Environment Watch Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1423929446 | ISBN-13: 9781423929444)

Updated several times a day, the GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT WATCH is your one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects. This resource center is a focused portal into GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) and keeps you up-to-date with the most current news on the environment. You get access to information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines, as well as statistics, an interactive world map, videos, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!


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Includes both hands-on and data analysis labs and activities to help students develop a wider range of skills and gain greater insight on environmental science.


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Succeed in your science course with CengageNOW, a powerful online homework tool that optimizes your learning experience. This interactive system generates a diagnostic Personalized Study Plan (with a chapter-specific Pre-test, Study Plan, and Post-test) to help you master concepts, prepare for exams, and get a better grade.


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This booklet offers resources for what you can do to effect individual change on key environmental issues.


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Meet the Author

About the Author

G. Tyler Miller Jr.

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.

Scott Spoolman

Scott Spoolman is a writer with over 25 years of experience in educational publishing. He has had a lifelong interest in the environmental sciences and believes that education provides the best hope for our dealing with environmental problems and finding more sustainable ways to work, play, and live on our planet. Spoolman holds a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of science, environmental engineering, politics, 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 more than 70 college and high school textbooks in the natural and social sciences fields. With Tyler Miller, Spoolman has coauthored several editions of Living in the Environment, Environmental Science, and Sustaining the Earth. 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, and his children, Will and Katie.