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Environmental Science, 15th Edition

  • G. Tyler Miller Jr.
  • Scott Spoolman
  • ISBN-10: 1305090446  |  ISBN-13: 9781305090446
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2008
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

"Inspiring people to care about the planet …" In the new edition of ENVIRONNMENTAL SCIENCE, authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman have partnered with the National Geographic Society to develop a text designed to equip students with the inspiration and knowledge they need to make a difference solving today's environmental issues. Exclusive content highlights important work of National Geographic Explorers and Grantees and features over 180 new photos, maps, and illustrations that bring course concepts to life. The text's concept-centered approach transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. Using sustainability as their central theme, the authors 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 such as "Core Case Studies" and "Connections" boxes 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.

Features and Benefits

  • CENTRAL THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY: Three clearly explained scientific 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.
  • PERSONAL RELEVANCE: "What Can You Do?" boxes describe how students can make a difference. "Good News" logos mark areas in the text that present positive developments in efforts to deal with environmental problems. "Connections" boxes in each chapter briefly describe connections between human activities and environmental consequences, environmental and social issues, and environmental issues and solutions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ACTIVE LEARNING: Two active learning features conclude each chapter. "Doing Environmental Science" offers project ideas based on chapter content that build critical thinking skills and integrate scientific method principles. "Global Environmental Watch" offers online learning activities through the Global Environment Watch website, helping students connect the book's concepts to current real-world issues.
  • REAL DATA: A quantitative "Data Analysis" or an "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. Supplement 5: Environmental Data and Data Analysis includes student activities for each of the supplement's 16 maps and graphics.

Table of Contents

HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW.
1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY.
2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Biodiversity and Evolution.
5. Species Interactions, Ecological Succession, and Population Control.
6. The Human Population and Urbanization.
7. Climate and Biodiversity.
SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY.
8. Sustaining Biodiversity: Saving Species and Ecosystem Services.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: Saving Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services.
SUSTAINING RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.
10. Food Production and the Environment.
11. Water Resources and Water Pollution.
12. Geology and Nonrenewable Mineral Resources.
13. Energy Resources.
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.
Supplement 1: Measurement Units.
Supplement 2: Reading Graphs and Maps.
Supplement 3: Some Basic Chemistry.
Supplement 4: Maps and Map Analysis.
Supplement 5: Environmental Data and Data Analysis.
Supplement 6: Geological and Biological Time Scale.
Supplement 7: Principles of Sustainability.

What's New

  • Authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman have partnered with the National Geographic Society to develop a new edition that equips students with the inspiration and knowledge they need to make a difference solving today's environmental issues.
  • New "Individuals Matter" boxes include profiles of National Geographic Explorers and Grantees who are making significant contributions to improving the environment. These highly graphical sections highlight efforts of researchers to improve the world's environment by applying unique science-based solutions.
  • Eleven of the book's 25 chapters have new "Core Case Studies" that explore current and relevant environmental topics and place them in the context of sustainability.
  • Chapter 15 includes information from five major 2014 studies on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the British Royal Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment (NCA).
  • "Three Big Ideas" appear near the end of every chapter, reinforcing key take-away ideas students can apply in their everyday lives.
  • The enhanced art program includes a wealth of new and updated figures, new photos, and a new design that reinforces and enhances learning.
  • New MindTap Digital Learning Platform: MindTap combines student learning tools, including readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments, into a singular Learning Path that guides students through the course. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing authoritative Cengage Learning content and learning tools and adding their own content to the Learning Path. Also includes Aplia for Environmental Science, a comprehensive online homework solution that helps students learn and understand key concepts through focused assignments, and exceptional text/art integration, and immediate feedback.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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, 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 three million students and have been translated into eight languages. Miller has a professional background in chemistry, physics, and ecology. He has a PhD 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 developed 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 and textbook editor with more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a contributing author 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 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 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, and his children, Will and Katie.