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Overview

Environmental Science 2015, by Robert Kaufmann and Cutler Cleveland, is a major revision of the world’s first Web-based textbook on the subject. The 2015 edition contains new and revised content on climate change, energy, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, forests, and ocean and atmospheric circulation. These updates make Environmental Science 2015 the most current resource available to your students. It provides thorough coverage of the key topics in environmental science, and integrates ecology, economics and policy using energy and material flows and a systems perspective. The science underlying sustainability is communicated with simple but engaging content with real-world applications.

Environmental Science 2015 utilizes the power of the Web to transcend the traditional textbook with engaging, interactive content that utilizes video, high resolution images, highlighting, social networking, image galleries, and powerful customization tools. Each chapter contains the following features:

  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Policy in Action Examples
  • Case Studies
  • Key Concepts
  • Review Questions
  • Web-Based, Device Agnostic
  • Highlighting and Annotations
  • Online Glossary integrated into Text

Table of Contents

For Instructors
Chapter 1: Environment and Society: A Sustainable Partnership?
Chapter 2: Energy and Matter
Chapter 3: Systems: Why Are Environmental Problems so Difficult to Solve?
Chapter 4: The Physical Systems of Planet Earth
Chapter 5: The Flow of Energy in Biological Systems
Chapter 6: The Flow of Matter in the Environment
Chapter 7: Biomes
Chapter 8: Succession
Chapter 9: Carrying Capacity
Chapter 10: An Ecological View of the Economy
Chapter 11: The Driving Forces of Environmental Change
Chapter 12: Biodiversity
Chapter 13: Global Climate Change
Chapter 14: A Reduction in Atmospheric Ozone
Chapter 15: Soil
Chapter 16: Agriculture
Chapter 17: Forests
Chapter 18: Water Resources
Chapter 19: Air Pollution
Chapter 20: Fossil Fuels
Chapter 21: Nuclear Power
Chapter 22: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Chapter 23: Materials, Society, and the Environment
Chapter 24: A Sustainable Future


About the Authors

Cutler Cleveland and Robert Kaufmann bring the breadth and depth of their research and teaching experiences to the study of environmental science. Visit the Instructors sample chapter to learn more about the authors.