Environmental Science

Earth as a Living Planet

By Daniel B. Botkin and Edward A. Keller

Environmental Science, 8th Edition
Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet attempts to teach the student how to think, not what to think.

With coauthor and geologist, Edward A. Keller, this textbook is an award-winning text, elected the best textbook of 2004 by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. For a number of years, the Environmental Literacy Council of Washington, D. C. listed it as the only acceptable environmental science textbook, based on a review of all such texts by a group of leading environmental scientists.

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Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, Eighth Edition provides emphasis on the scientific process throughout the book gives readers the structure to develop their critical thinking skills. Now in its 8th edition, it is one of the few undergraduate science textbooks with a special chapter on the scientific method, and this chapter alone has been used in a variety of other courses than environmental science.  It is the only one with a chapter devoted to urban environments.

Updated and revised to include the latest research in the field, the eighth edition continues to present a balanced analytical and interdisciplinary approach to the field. New streamlined text clears away the "jargon" to bring the issues and the science to the forefront. The new design and updated image program highlights key points and makes the book easier to navigate.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1 Key Themes in Environmental Sciences
Chapter 2 Science as a Way of Knowing: Critical Thinking about the Environment
Chapter 3 The Big Picture: Systems of Change
Chapter 4 The Human Population and the Environment
Chapter 5 Ecosystems: Concepts and Fundamentals
Chapter 6 The Biogeochemical Cycles
Chapter 7 Dollars and Environmental Sense: Economics of Environmental Issues
Chapter 8 Biological Diversity and Biological Invasions
Chapter 9 Ecological Restoration
Chapter 10 Environmental Health, Pollution, and Toxicology
Chapter 11 Agriculture, Aquaculture, and the Environment
Chapter 12 Landscapes: Forests, Parks and Wilderness
Chapter 13 Wildlife, Fisheries, and Endangered Species
Chapter 14 Energy: Some Basics
Chapter 15 Fossil Fuels and the Environment
Chapter 16 Alternative Energy and The Environment
Chapter 17 Nuclear Energy and the Environment
Chapter 18 Water Supply, Use, and Management
Chapter 19 Water Pollution and Treatment
Chapter 20 The Atmosphere, Climate, and Global Warming
Chapter 21 Air Pollution
Chapter 22 Urban Environments
Chapter 23 Materials Management
Chapter 24 Our Environmental Future

Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 8th Edition (December 2010)
ISBN-13: 9780470520338
ISBN: 0470520337

An introductory textbook that presents the most important concepts in the study of the environment from an analytical and interdisciplinary perspective, and encourages students to formulate their own thoughts about environmental problems.
--Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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