Features and Benefits

  • Central Case Study Five Central Case Studies are completely new to this edition, complementing the10 new case studies added in the fifth edition. All othercase studies have been updated as needed to reflectrecent developments. These updates provide fresh stories and new ways to frame emerging issues in environmental science.
  • Closing THE LOOP Also new to this edition, each chapter now concludes with a brief section that “closes the loop” by revisiting the Central Case Study while reviewing key principles from the chapter. This new Closing the Loop section enhances our long-standing and well-received approach of integrating each Central Case Study throughout its chapter.
  • The Science behind the story Six Science Behind the Story boxes are new to this edition, expanding our library of recently added examples of this feature. These new boxes, along with others that have been updated, provide a current and exciting selection of scientific studies to highlight.
  • A focus on science and data analysis We have maintained and strengthened our commitment to a rigorous presentation of modern scientific research while simultaneously making science clear, accessible, and engaging to students.
  • We integrate each chapter’s Central Case Studyinto the main text, weaving information and elaborationthroughout the chapter. In this way, compelling storiesabout real people and real places help to teach foundationalconcepts by giving students a tangible frameworkwith which to incorporate novel ideas.
  • The Science Behind the Story Because we strive to engage students in the scientific process of testing and discovery, we feature The Science Behind the Story boxes in each chapter. By guiding students through key research efforts, this feature shows not merely what scientists discovered, but how they discovered it.
  • Data analysis questions help students to actively engage with graphs and other data driven figures. This feature accompanies several figures in each chapter, challenging students to practice quantitative skills of interpretation and analysis.
  • The FAQ feature highlights questions frequently posed by students in introductory environmental science courses, thereby helping to address widely held misconceptions and to fill in common conceptual gaps in knowledge.
  • Weighing the Issues These questions aim to help develop the critical-thinking skills students need to navigate multifaceted issues at the juncture of science, policy, and ethics.
  • Diverse end-of-chapter features –
    • Reviewing Objectives summarizes each chapter’s main points and relates them to the chapter’s learning objectives, enabling students to confirm that they have understood the most crucial ideas.
    • Testing Your Comprehension provides concise study questions on key topics.
    • While Seeking Solutions encourages broader creative thinking that supports our emphasis on finding solutions.
    • “Think It Through” questions in this section personalize the quest for creative solutions by placing students in a scenario and empowering them to make decisions.
    • Calculating Ecological Footprints enables students to quantify the impacts of their own choices and measure how individual impacts scale up to the societal level.
  • End-of-chapter elements Several new approaches are introduced in our redesigned end-of-chapter material. Our Reviewing Objectives section is now more streamlined and focused on the learning objectives, and also incorporates visual icons as mileposts to help students connect to the material’s location in the chapter. New “Case Study Connection” questions encourage students to craft solutions to issues raised in the chapter’s Central Case Study.
  • Currency and coverage of topical issues To live up to our book’s hard-won reputation for currency, we’ve incorporated the most recent data possible throughout, and we’ve enhanced coverage of emerging issues.
  • With this edition we continue to offer expanded opportunities through MasteringEnvironmentalScience, our powerful yet easy-to-use online learning and assessment platform. We have developed new content and activities specifically to support features in the textbook, thus strengthening the connection between these online and print resources. This approach encourages students to practice their science literacy skills in an interactive environment with a diverse set of automatically graded exercises.
  • Students benefit from self-paced activities that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback, while instructors can gauge student performance with informative diagnostics. By enabling assessment of student learning outside the classroom, MasteringEnvironmentalScience helps the instructor to maximize the impact of in-classroom time. As a result, both educators and learners benefit from an integrated text and online solution.
  • NEW GraphIt activities help students put data analysis and science reasoning skills into practice through a highly interactive and engaging format. Each of the 10 GraphIts prompts students to manipulate a variety of graphs and charts, from bar graphs to line graphs to pie charts, and develop an understanding of how data can be used in decision making about environmental issues. Topics range from agriculture to fresh water to air pollution. These mobile-friendly activities are accompanied by assessment in MasteringEnvironmentalScience.
  • NEW Everyday Environmental Science videos highlight current environmental issues in short (5 minutes or less) video clips and are produced in partnership with BBC News. These videos will pique student interest, and can be used in class or assigned as a high-interest out-of class activity.
  • NEW Dynamic Study Modules help students study effectively on their own by continuously assessing their activity and performance in real time. Students complete multiple sets of questions for any given topic, to demonstrate concept mastery with confidence. Each Dynamic Study Module question set concludes with an explanation of concepts students may not have mastered. They are available as graded assignments prior to class, and are accessible on smartphones, tablets, and computers.
  • Process of Science activities help students navigate the scientific method, guiding them through in-depth explorations of experimental design using Science Behind the Story features from the current and former editions. These activities encourage students to think like a scientist and to practice basic skills in experimental design.
  • Interpreting Graphs and Data: Data Q activities pair with the in-text Data Analysis Questions and coach students to further develop skills related to presenting, interpreting, and thinking critically about environmental science data.
  • “First Impressions” Pre-Quizzes help instructors determine their students’ existing knowledge of environmental issues and core content areas at the outset of the academic term, providing class-specific data that can then be employed for powerful teachable moments throughout the term. Assessment items in the Test Bank connect to each quiz item, so instructors can formally assess student understanding.
  • Video Field Trips enable students to visit real-life sites that bring environmental issues to life. Students can tour a power plant, a wind farm, a wastewater treatment facility, a site combating invasive species, and more—all without leaving campus.