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Scientific American Environmental Science for a Changing World


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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?.

About the Author

Susan Karr, MS, is an Instructor in the Biology Department of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and has been teaching for over 15 years. She has served on campus and community environmental sustainability groups and helps produce an annual 'State of the Environment' report on the environmental health of her county. In addition to teaching non-majors courses in environmental science and human biology, she teaches an upper-level course in animal behavior where she and her students train dogs from the local animal shelter in a program that improves the animals' chances of adoption. She received degrees in Animal Behavior and Forestry from the University of Georgia.

Jeneen Interlandi is a science writer who contributes to Scientific American and The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she spent four years as a staff writer for Newsweek, where she covered health, science, and the environment. In 2009, she received a Kaiser Foundation fellowship for global health reporting and traveled to Europe and Asia to cover outbreaks of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Jeneen has worked as a researcher at both Harvard Medical School and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. She holds Masters degrees in Environmental Science and Journalism, both from Columbia University in New York.

Anne Houtman, PhD, is Professor and Head of the School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, which includes programs in Environmental and Biological Sciences. Her research interests are in the behavioral ecology of birds, and currently research in her laboratory focuses on the ecology and evolution of hummingbird song. She also has an active research program in science pedagogy. Anne received her doctorate in zoology from the University of Oxford and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of

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