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Environmental Science, by Robert Kaufmann and Cutler Cleveland, is the world's first introductory textbook that is entirely online. Environmental Science 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 simply told through examples of cutting-edge content and real-world applications.

Environmental Science takes advantage of the latest technologies to transcend the traditional textbook to create engaging, interactive content that utilizes video, electronic highlighting, social networking, image galleries, powerful customization tools, and other features that only the Web can provide. As you explore this text, you will also be able to take advantage of the distinctive learning tools in each chapter:

  • 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

Cutler Cleveland and Robert Kaufmann bring the breadth and depth of their research and teaching experiences to the study of environmental science.  Learn more about the authors here.

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