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Living in the Environment, 4th Edition

  • G. Tyler Miller
  • Dave Hackett
  • Carl E. Wolfe
  • ISBN-10: 0176587187
  • ISBN-13: 9780176587185
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Living in the Environment, Fourth Canadian Edition, is designed to equip students with the inspiration and knowledge they need to make a difference solving today’s environmental issues in Canada and globally. The text is science based, solutions oriented, and provides an interdisciplinary study of how nature works and how things in nature are interconnected. The authors present fair and balanced presentations of opposing viewpoints, advantages and disadvantages of various technologies, and proposed solutions to environmental problems without injecting personal bias, allowing students to think critically and draw their own conclusions about important environmental issues. With over 150 illustrations, maps, and animations, the text has been designed to present complex ideas in understandable ways that relate learning to the real world. Environmental issues are looked at from both Canadian and global perspectives, from the development of Alberta’s oil sands to reactions to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Comparisons and contrasts between North America and other countries such as China, India, Brazil, Nigeria, the Netherlands, and many more continue to be an important aspect to this fourth Canadian edition. Inspire all your students in the world of Environmental Science with Living in the Environment!

Features

  • Each chapter begins with a brief, relevant Case Study designed to capture interest and set the stage for the material presented. These case studies bring important real-world stories to the forefront for use in applying the chapter’s concepts and principles.

  • A strong Canadian perspective based on examples, case studies, issues, and spotlights that represent important issues for Canadian students is provided.

  • To help students focus on the core concepts, each chapter begins with a statement of the chapter’s purpose and a list of the key questions. These key questions outline how each chapter is organized and what students are expected to learn.

  • The Spotlight feature highlights the people and environmental issues that are making a difference to Canada and the world.

  • Connections features highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science, showcasing to both Environmental Science students and non-major students that their chosen fields are closely related to environmental issues.

  • Trade-Offs features explore the trade-offs involved in making and implementing environmental decisions so that students can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of various environmental technologies.

  • Solutions features present existing and proposed solutions to environmental problems in a balanced manner. Students are challenges to evaluate the solutions through the use of critical thinking.

  • Consider, Discuss, or Debate features facilitate individual reflection on and/or classroom discussion of environmental issues covered in the text.

  • Self Check features provide opportunities for students to stop, reflect, and assess their own knowledge.

About the Author

G. Tyler Miller

G. Tyler Miller has written 65 textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy and environmental chemistry. Since 1975, his books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. Translated into eight languages, they have been used by more than 3 million students. Dr. Miller has a professional background in chemistry, physics and ecology. He taught college for 20 years, developed one of the nation's first environmental studies programs and created an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. Now Dr. Miller is president of Earth Education and Research, which is devoted to improving environmental education. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and received two honorary doctoral degrees for his contributions to environmental education.

Dave Hackett

Dave Hackett has been teaching environmental science, ecology, and animal behaviour courses at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, for 20 years. He has been presented with the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he has been recognized in every edition of Macleans annual guide that identifies the popular professors at Canadian universities. Dave received an H.B.Sc. in Fish and Wildlife Zoology from the University of Guelph. He received an M.Sc. in Biology from Laurentian University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Alberta. He has been involved in a wide variety of research and conservation projects in Canada spanning forest, lake, Prairie, Arctic, and alpine ecosystems. As well, for seven years, Dave was a member of a CIDA-sponsored team that was chosen to deliver environmental education to government officials and teachers on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Dave has a long-standing interest in the impact of human systems on the natural world. He is currently involved in projects evaluating human impacts on amphibians, furbearers, and loons.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
Features
Introduction: Learning Skills

Part One: Humans and Sustainability: An Overview
Chapter 1: Environmental Problems: An Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2: Environmental History: Learning from the Past

Part Two: Science and Ecological Principles
Chapter 3: Science, Systems, Matter, and Energy
Chapter 4: Ecosystems: What Are They, and How Do They Work?
Chapter 5: Evolution and Biodiversity
Chapter 6: Climate and Terrestrial Biodiversity
Chapter 7: Aquatic Biodiversity
Chapter 8: Community Ecology
Chapter 9: Population Ecology
Chapter 10: Applying Population Ecology: The Human Population

Part Three: Sustaining Biodiversity
Chapter 11: Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: Managing and Protecting Ecosystems
Chapter 12: Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach
Chapter 13: Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity

Part Four: Sustaining Natural Resources
Chapter 14: Food and Soil Resources
Chapter 15: Water Resources
Chapter 16: Geology and Nonrenewable Mineral Resources
Chapter 17: Nonrenewable Energy Resources
Chapter 18: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Part Five: Sustaining Environmental Quality
Chapter 19: Risk, Toxicology, and Human Health
Chapter 20: Air Pollution
Chapter 21: Climate Change and Ozone Loss
Chapter 22: Water Pollution
Chapter 23: Pest Management
Chapter 24: Solid and Hazardous Waste
Chapter 25: Sustainable Cities

Part Six: Sustaining Human Societies
Chapter 26: Economics, Environment, and Sustainability
Chapter 27: Politics, Environment, and Sustainability
Chapter 28: Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability

Appendices
Index

New to this edition

  • New Science Focus features help to illuminate aspects of science that are associated with environmental topics.
  • A stunning new design enhances the visual learning and engages students in the vibrant topic of Environmental Science.
  • Up-to-date coverage of Canadian and global issues, including authoritative research in the rapidly changing field of environmental science.
  • The Taking Action end-of-chapter section suggests activities to promote student involvement with environmental science.
  • MindTap, the path to thinking like an Environmental Scientist. MindTap for Living in the Environment is a personalized teaching experience that engages students through multimedia. Students are guided towards mastery by completing assessments at each concept transition.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

MindTap Printed Access Card (12-months) for Living in the Environment, Fourth Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176746110 | ISBN-13: 9780176746117)
Virtual Environmental Science Labs 1.0 Printed Access Card (12 Months)  (ISBN-10: 017670468X | ISBN-13: 9780176704681)
Online Instructor Resources for Living in the Environment  (ISBN-10: 0176745866 | ISBN-13: 9780176745868)

Student Supplements

Aplia Instant Access (12 months) for Living in the Environment, Fourth Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176746099 | ISBN-13: 9780176746094)

Aplia is a Cengage Learning online homework solution dedicated to improving learning by increasing student effort and engagement. With exercises authored by Aplia content experts and drawn directly from or relating to the supporting text, Aplia makes it easy for instructors to assign online homework.

MindTap Instant Access (12 months) for Living in the Environment, Fourth Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176746072 | ISBN-13: 9780176746070)

MindTap® provides you with the tools you need to manage your time better. You can complete assignments whenever and wherever with course material customized and streamlined for you by your instructor in a proven and easy-to-use interface. Relevant, engaging material keeps you connected to your course and course analytics by providing timely feedback showing you where you stand at all times—both individually and compared with the highest performers in class. With a wide array of course specific tools and apps – from an interactive eBook to note taking capabilities and flashcards, you can feel confident that MindTap is a worthwhile and valuable investment in your education. Please note - A Course Registration URL or Course Key is required from your Instructor to use MindTap.

Virtual Environmental Science Labs 1.0 Instant Access (12 Months)  (ISBN-10: 0176704671 | ISBN-13: 9780176704674)
MindTap Instant Access (6 months) for Miller's Living in the Environment  (ISBN-10: 0176746080 | ISBN-13: 9780176746087)

MindTap® provides you with the tools you need to manage your time better. You can complete assignments whenever and wherever with course material customized and streamlined for you by your instructor in a proven and easy-to-use interface. Relevant, engaging material keeps you connected to your course and course analytics by providing timely feedback showing you where you stand at all times—both individually and compared with the highest performers in class. With a wide array of course specific tools and apps – from an interactive eBook to note taking capabilities and flashcards, you can feel confident that MindTap is a worthwhile and valuable investment in your education. Please note - A Course Registration URL or Course Key is required from your Instructor to use MindTap.