Environmental Science: A Global Concern

Environmental Science: A Global Concern

12th Edition | See Newer Edition

By William Cunningham and Mary Cunningham

  • Copyright: 2012

  • Publication Date: Oct 03 2011

  • ISBN 10: 0073383252

  • ISBN 13: 9780073383255

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Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Twelfth Edition, is a comprehensive presentation of environmental science for non-science majors which emphasizes critical thinking, environmental respo

Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Twelfth Edition, is a comprehensive presentation of environmental science for non-science majors which emphasizes critical thinking, environmental responsibility, and global awareness. This book is intended for use in a one or two-semester course in environmental science, human ecology, or environmental studies at the college or advanced placement high school level.

Cunningham and Cunningham have updated much of the data in the 12th edition; updated data on hunger and obesity, waste production, C02 emissions, and the effects of the 2010 oil spill are just a few examples.

Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Twelfth Edition, provides readers with an up-to-date, introductory global view of essential themes in environmental science. The authors balance evidence of serious environmental challenges with ideas about what we can do to overcome them. An entire chapter focuses on ecological restoration; one of the most important aspects of ecology today. Case studies in most chapters show examples of real progress, and ?What Can You Do?? lists give students ideas for contributing to solutions.

  • Language: English

  • Imprint: WCB/McGraw-Hill

  • Dimension: 9 x 11.1

  • Page Count: 640

New Features

  • Listen closely to their needs. You could find this leading to Create/Learning Solutions, Connect/LearnSmart, or lead into questions about better informed citizens or sustainability.
  • 2012-Best Bet Learning Solutions: Add local green issues or CREATE options with articles from Taking sides.
  • In the 12th edition, Cunningham and Cunningham have made updates to reflect recent events such as Citizens United case in the Supreme Court, amendments to the Clean Air Act, the tsunami in Japan, new invasive species, etc.
  • Case studies at the beginning of each chapter portray real-life global issues. In the 12th edition, 17 of the 25 cases have been changed or updated to reflect recent debates or issues.
  • Create Express Books. With Create Express books you can add additional content on sustainability to help students make `more informed? decisions in their future
  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/AE_Sustainability_12/13.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Sustainability 12/13 with the corresponding chapters in two of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Cunningham/Cunningham and Enger/Smith.

  • Environmental Science, 12e has been updated to represent advances in the field. For example, new information or ideas on the following have been included; energy (advances in renewable technologies, methane, fracking), climate (new data such as EPICA ice core data), conservation (REDD), etc..
  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/AE_Environment_1213.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Environment 12/13 with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.

  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/TS_Environmental_Issues_15.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues, 15/e with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.

  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/TS_Sustainability_2e.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Sustainability, 2/e with the corresponding chapters in two of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Cunningham and Cunningham.

  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/AE_Environment_13_14.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Environment 13/14 with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.

  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/TS_Environmental_Issues_15eX.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues, 15/e Expanded with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.

Key Features

  • Google Earth placemarks: Google Earth is an online program that provides interactive satellite imagery of the earth and will help students understand the geographic context of places and topics in the text. Wherever students see a Google Earth icon in the text, they can go to our website (http://wwww.mhhe.com/cunningham11e) to find a Google Earth placemark that will take them to the specific place being discussed. Students can zoom in to see amazing detail and zoom out to gain a global perspective.
  • Data Analysis exercises at the end of every chapter ask students to graph and evaluate data while critically analyzing what they observe.
  • Learning outcomes and other pedagogical tools: Chapter material includes Learning Outcomes presented at the beginning of each chapter and a Reviewing Learning Outcomes section at the end of each chapter. These Learning Outcomes are connected to the major headings of each numbered section within the chapter to help students better organize the content and their study. Each chapter also includes a conclusion, which summarizes major points, and a Practice Quiz to aid in understanding key concepts from the chapter.
  • Global Concern Theme: The text's global concern theme is critical because students need to understand that environmental problems and solutions are relevant to all nations and countries and not specific to just North America.
  • Critical Thinking Emphasis: Throughout the text, the skill of critical thinking is emphasized by asking the reader to view all sides of an issue and to make informed, rational decisions based on ethical values.

    Case Studies, Exploring Science boxes, What Do You Think? essays (many with Ethical Considerations attached), and Think About It boxes give students real-life examples to evaluate and a chance to practice critical thinking skills and formulate reasoned opinions. These boxes are carefully planned to build upon chapter content and are long enough to present important, real information.

    End-of-chapter Questions for Critical Thinking are designed to stimulate creative, analytical thinking and to serve as a springboard for class discussions.
  • Think About It boxes in every chapter provide students critical thinking questions about their personal views for current and future settings.
  • Correlation Guide:
    This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Environment 11/12 with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.
  • Correlation Guide:
    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/TS_Environmental_Issues_14e.pdf
    This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues, 14/e with the corresponding chapters in two of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Science textbooks by Enger/Smith and Cunningham/Cunningham.

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Environmental Science: A Global Concern

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1 Understanding Our Environment

2 Principles of Science and Systems

3 Matter, Energy, and Life

4 Evolution, Biological Communities, and Species Interactions

5 Biomes: Global Patter

Table of Contents

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1 Understanding Our Environment

2 Principles of Science and Systems

3 Matter, Energy, and Life

4 Evolution, Biological Communities, and Species Interactions

5 Biomes: Global Patterns of Life

6 Population Biology

7 Human Populations

8 Environmental Health and Toxicology

9 Food and Hunger

10 Farming: Conventional and Sustainable Practices

11 Biodiversity: Preserving Species

12 Biodiversity: Preserving Landscapes

13 Restoration Ecology

14 Geology and Earth Resources

15 Air, Weather, and Climate

16 Air Pollution

17 Water Use and Management

18 Water Pollution

19 Conventional Energy

20 Sustainable Energy

21 Solid, Toxic, and Hazardous Waste

22 Urbanization and Sustainable Cities

23 Ecological Economics

24 Environmental Policy, Law, and Planning

25 What Then Shall We Do?

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About the Authors

William Cunningham

William Cunningham is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Minnesota where he taught for 36 years in the Departments of Botany and Genetics and Cell Biology as well as the Conservation Biology Program, the Institute for Social, Economic, and Ecological Sustainability, the Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, and the McArthur Program in Global Change. He received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas in 1963 and spent two years at Purdue University as a postdoctoral fellow. At various times, he has been a visiting scholar in Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, and China, as well as several universities and research institutions in the United States. Dr. Cunningham has devoted himself to education and teaching development at the undergraduate level in biology. He began his educational career in structural biology but for the last 10-15 years has concentrated on environmental science, teaching courses such as Social Uses of Biology; Garbage, Government, and the Globe; Environmental Ethics; and Conservation History. Within the past four years, he has received both of the two highest teaching honors that the University of Minnesota bestows -- The Distinguished Teaching Award and a $15,000 Amoco Alumni Award. He has served as a Faculty Mentor for younger faculty at the university, sharing the knowledge and teaching skills that he has gained during his distinguished career.

Mary Cunningham

Mary Ann Cunningham teaches geography and geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental studies at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Her research involves using GIS to assess landscape-level problems in conservation and biodiversity. In particular, she is interested in understanding the nature of fragmentation in grassland environments and the effects of fragmentation on the make-up of bird communities. The agricultural landscapes where she has been working represent a complex and fascinating interaction of issues concerning working landscapes, resource use, remnant wildlife habitat, and landscape aesthetics. It is at the intersection of these issues that she likes to try and understand the geography of physical environments. Mary Ann earned a PhD in Geography at the University of Minnesota, an MA in Geography at the University of Oregon, and a BA in Geology at Carleton College.