Scientific American Environmental Science for a Changing World
Second Edition   ©2015

Scientific American Environmental Science for a Changing World

Susan Karr , Jeneen InterlandI , Anne Houtman

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-11639-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-11639-2; Format: e-Book Agency, 432 pages
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE, AND SCIENTIFIC LITERACY

1. Environmental Literacy and the Goal of Sustainability
On the Road to Collapse: What lessons can we learn from a vanished Viking society?

2. Science Literacy and the Process of Science
Science and the Sky: Solving the mystery of the disappearing ozone

3. Information Literacy:
Toxic Bottles? On the trail of chemicals in our everyday lives


HUMAN POPULATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

4. Human Populations
One Child China Grows Up: A country faces the outcomes of radical population control

5. Environmental Health
Eradicating a Parasitic Nightmare: Human health is intricately linked to the environment


CONSUMPTION AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

6. Ecological Economics and Consumption
Wall to Wall, Cradle to Cradle: A leading carpet company takes a chance on going green

7. Managing Solid Waste
A Plastic Surf: Are the oceans teeming with trash?


ECOLOGY 

8. Ecosystems and Nutrient Cycling
Engineering Earth: An ambitious attempt to replicate Earth’s life support systems goes awry

9. Population Ecology
The Wolf Watchers: Endangered gray wolves return to the American West

10. Community Ecology
What the Stork Says: A bird species in the Everglades reveals the intricacies of a threatened ecosystem


BIODIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION

11. Evolution
A Tropical Murder Mystery: Finding the missing birds of Guam

12. Biodiversity
Palm Planet: Production of a common household ingredient is wreaking havoc on wildlife across the globe

13. Preserving Biodiversity
A Forest Without Elephants: Can we save one of Earth's iconic species?


WATER RESOURCES

14. Freshwater Resources
Toilet to Tap: A California county is employing a controversial method to
supply drinking water

15. Water Pollution
Into the Gulf: The makings of a dead zone, far upstream


FOOD RESOURCES

16. Feeding the World
A Gene Revolution: Can genetically engineered food help end hunger?

17. Agriculture
Farming Like an Ecosystem: Creative solutions to feeding the world


CONVENTIONAL ENERGY: FOSSIL FUELS

18. Coal
Bringing Down the Mountain: In the rubble, the true costs of coal

19. Oil and Natural Gas
The Bakken Oil Boom: Is our next big fuel source our dirtiest?

Air Pollution: Consequences of Using Fossil Fuels

20. Air Pollution
The Youngest Scientists: Kids on the frontlines of asthma research

21. Climate Change
When the Trees Leave: Scientists grapple with a shifting climate


ALTERNATIVES TO FOSSIL FUELS

22. Nuclear Power
The Future of Fukushima: Can nuclear energy overcome its bad rep?

23. Sustainable Energy for Stationary Sources
Fueled by the Sun: A small island makes big strides in renewable energy


SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN COMMUNITY

24. Urbanization
The Ghetto Goes Green: In the Bronx, building a better backyard

25. Environmental Policy
Counterfeit Cooling: In the global effort to thwart climate change, some lessons are
learned after the fact


OPTIONAL CHAPTERS AVAILABLE IN LAUNCHPAD

Mineral Resources and Mining
Rare Earth Elements: A bevy of unfamiliar minerals are crucial for our everyday
technologies—but they come with a slew of problems

Soil and Grassland Resources
Restoring the Range: The key to recovering the world’s grasslands may be a surprising one

Forests Resources
Returning Trees to Haiti: Repairing a forest ecosystem one tree at a time

Marine Ecosystems
Science Under the Sea: Aquanauts explore an ecosystem on the brink


Agriculture

Raising Livestock
A Carnivore's Conundrum: Disease, pollution, and the true costs of meat

Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fish in a Warehouse? How one Baltimore fish scientist could change the way we eat


Energy

Sustainable Energy for Transportation

Gas from grass: Will an ordinary prairie grass become the next biofuel?