The easy way to score high in Environmental Science Environmental science is a fascinating subject, but some students have a hard time grasping the interrelationships of the natural world and the role that humans play within the environment. Presented in a straightforward format, Environmental Science For Dummies gives you plain-English, easy-to-understand explanations of the concepts and material you'll encounter in your introductory-level course. Here, you get discussions of the earth's natural resources and the problems that arise when resources like air, water, and soil are contaminated by manmade pollutants. Sustainability is also examined, including the latest advancements in recycling and energy production technology. Environmental Science For Dummies is the most accessible book on the market for anyone who needs to get a handle on the topic, whether you're looking to supplement classroom learning or simply interested in learning more about our environment and the problems we face.
* Presents straightforward information on complex concepts * Tracks to a typical introductory level Environmental Science course * Serves as an excellent supplement to classroom learning If you're enrolled in an introductory Environmental Science course or studying for the AP Environmental Science exam, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.
Alecia M. Spooner teaches Earth and Environmental Sciences at a community college and enjoys developing active-learning science curriculums for adults. Alecia is also the author of Geology For Dummies.
Introduction 1 Part I: Demystifying Science and the Environment 7 Chapter 1: Investigating the Environment 9 Chapter 2: Lab Coats and Microscopes: Thinking Scientifically 19 Chapter 3: What's the Matter? Living and Nonliving Material 31 Chapter 4: Making Things Happen: Energy 47 Part II: Planting the Seed: Foundational Concepts in Environmental Science 57 Chapter 5: Studying the Environment and Your Place in It 59 Chapter 6: Exploring Ecosystems 71 Chapter 7: Biogeography: How Earth's Climate Shapes Global Ecosystem Patterns 89 Chapter 8: Playing Well with Others: Population Biology 107 Part III: Getting Your Needs Met: Earth's Natural Resources 129 Chapter 9: Water, Water Everywhere: Freshwater Resources 131 Chapter 10: This Land Belongs to You and Me: Land as a Resource 143 Chapter 11: Dishing It Up: Food Resources 153 Chapter 12: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Biodiversity 175 Chapter 13: Hitting the Hard Stuff: Geologic Resources and Energy 191 Chapter 14: Shifting Gears: Alternative Energy 207 Part IV: Giving a Hoot: Pollution and Environmental Quality 221 Chapter 15: Breathing Room: Addressing Manmade Air Pollution 223 Chapter 16: Drip Drop Splash: Water Pollution 237 Chapter 17: What's Your Poison? Toxins and Infectious Disease 249 Chapter 18: A River of Garbage Runs through It: Solid and Hazardous Waste 263 Chapter 19: Is It Getting Warm in Here? Modern Climate Change 277 Part V: Follow the Recycled Brick Road: A Sustainable Future 295 Chapter 20: Building a Sustainable Future 297 Chapter 21: Cooperating to Sustain the Earth 311 Part VI: The Part of Tens 321 Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Live Sustainably 323 Chapter 23: Ten Real-Life Examples of the Tragedy of the Commons 331 Chapter 24: Ten Careers in Environmental Science 337 Index 343