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Living in The Environment, 2nd Edition

  • G. Tyler Miller
  • Dave Hackett
  • Student Researchers
  • ISBN-10: 0176501843
  • ISBN-13: 9780176501846
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2008, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

The second edition of this market leading text continues to offer a strong scientific focus with a wealth of Canadian examples, issues, cases, photographs, and environmental personalities within the context of the global environment.


  • Strong scientific focus to the study of the environment

  • Specific comparisons of Canada with other countries such as the U.S., China, India, Russia, Brazil, Nigeria, and the Netherlands to give students a sense of our place within the world.

  • Canadian individuals profiled, such as David Suzuki and William Rees, who have contributed to environmental solutions.

  • Canadian issues such as the warming of Canada's Arctic and the pros and cons of Alberta's tar sands.

  • Canadian cases such as the mining of diamonds in the north, the development of the Hibernia oil project, the Sydney Tar Pond, and the re-greening of Sudbury from smelting damage.

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.

Student Researchers

The Canadian edition was greatly aided by three student researchers who sifted through large quantities of material and helped to determine which information was most interesting, most relevant, and most motivating to Canadian students. Oriana Pokorny, a Bachelor of Education student (Teachers College), focused on how concepts and information could be presented most effectively from a pedagogical perspective. Rebecca Barker, an Environmental Science and Physical Geography student, had a special interest in developing topics related to spatial distribution, such as climate, soils, and natural resources. Natasha Dombrowski, a Biology student, was keen to pursue themes related to life, health, ecosystems, and species at risk. All three acted as a panel of university-age guidance about how the book could most effectively stimulate students to learn about environmental issues, concepts, and solutions.

Table of Contents

Part One: Humans and sustainability and 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: Climage 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 A-1
Glossary G-1
Index I-1

New to this edition

  • A new Review section at the end of each chapter
  • New Ecological Footprint Analysis and Data Analysis features
  • The UN Millennium Development Goals, and progress toward the 2015 deadline, are placed in context with appropriate chapters of the book
  • More material on wildlife corridors, such as the Oakridges Moraine, Temagami-Algonquin, Superior-Temagami, and Algonquin to Adirondack
  • More material on the impact of freshwater fisheries, and the impact of fish farming in British Columbia


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

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD for Living in The Environment  (ISBN-10: 0176479449 | ISBN-13: 9780176479442)

The Intructor Resource CD includes: Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, Computerized Examview Test Bank, PowerPoint, and Image Bank.