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Environmental Science, Fifth Edition
Systems and Solutions

Author(s): Michael L. McKinney, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Robert Schoch, PhD
Logan Yonavjak
  • ISBN-13: 9781449661397
  • Product With Access Code    696 pages      © 2013
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Updated with the latest data from the field, Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fifth Edition explains the concepts and teaches the skills needed to understand multi-faceted, and often very complex environmental issues. The authors present the arguments, rebuttals, evidence, and counterevidence from many sides of the debate. The Fifth Edition includes new Science in Action boxes which feature cutting-edge case studies and essays, contributed by subject matter experts, that highlight recent and ongoing research within environmental science. With an "Earth as a system" approach the text continues to emphasize Earth's intricate web of interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, and how we are central components in these four spheres. This flexible, unbiased approach highlights:

1. how matter cycles over time through Earth's systems
2. the importance of the input-throughput-output processes that describe the global environment
3. how human activities and consumption modify Earth's systems
4. and the scientific, economic, and policy solutions to environmental problems

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Navigate Scenario: GameScapes for Environmental Science. Look to the Ordering Options tab to find a value-added bundle to incorporate these immersive, simulation-based episodes in your Environmental Science course.

Features & Benefits

  • Revised and updated to reflect current trends and statistics within Environmental Science.
  • New content on renewable energy, solar panels, and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • The latest information on Hydropower and the advantages and disadvantages of hydroelectric energy.
  • The companion website includes robust learning tools that enable students to make full use of today’s learning technology. Students will find practice quizzes, virtual flashcards, answers to in-text questions, and links to additional coverage regarding material discussed in the text.
  • Instructor Resources include an instructor’s manual, Test Bank, PowerPoint Lecture Outline Slides, and a PowerPoint Image Bank.


Applicable Courses

Appropriate for one- or two-semester introductory Environmental Science or Environmental Studies courses for non-majors.

Section  1  The Environment and People
  Chapter  1  Environmental Science: An Overview
  Chapter  2  Human Population Growth
Section  2  The Environment of Life on Planet Earth
  Chapter  3  The Biosphere: Populations, Communities, Ecosystems, and Biogeochemical Cycles
  Chapter  4  The Distribution of Life on Earth
  Chapter  5  The Dynamic Earth and Natural Hazards
Section  3  Resource Use and Management
  Chapter  6  People and Natural Resources
  Chapter  7  Fundamentals of Energy, Fossil Fuels, and Nuclear Energy
  Chapter  8  Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources
  Chapter  9  Water Resources
  Chapter  10  Mineral Resources
  Chapter  11  Conserving Biological Resources
  Chapter  12  Land Resources and Management
  Chapter  13  Food and Soil Resources
Section  4  Dealing with Environmental Degredation
  Chapter  14  Principles of Pollution Control, Toxicology, and Risk
  Chapter  15  Water Pollution
  Chapter  16  Air Pollution: Local and Regional
  Chapter  17  Global Air Pollution: Destruction of the Ozone Layer and Global Climate Change
  Chapter  18  Municipal Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste
Section  5  Social Solutions to Environmental Concerns
  Chapter  19  Environmental Economics
  Chapter  20  Historical and Cultural Aspects of Environmental Concerns

Michael L. McKinney, PhD-University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Michael L. McKinney is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also a Professor in the Geological Science Department and the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department. Since 1985, he has taught a variety of courses, focusing on environmental science and biodiversity issues at the undergraduate level.

Dr. McKinney has two master’s degrees, one from the University of Colorado at Boulder and one from the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985. Since that time, he has published several books and dozens of technical articles. Most of his recent research has focused on conservation biology. Dr. McKinney has received several teaching awards and a prestigious University award for creative research. He is currently working on a book documenting the harmful impact of urban sprawl on native species.

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. McKinney is very active in promoting environmental solutions where he lives, the Southern Appalachian bioregion. He is on the Board of Directors of the Foothills Land Conservancy, which is the major private land trust that creates wilderness preserves around the Smoky Mountain National Park. In 2001, Dr. McKinney received the Environmental Achievement award from the city’s main newspaper, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, given to the individual who has done the most to promote a better environment. Dr. McKinney is also an active member of the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, the East Tennessee Sierra Club (Harvey Broome Chapter), the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, and Ijams Nature Center. He writes a bimonthly column called the “Suburban Ecologist” in the Hellbender, the environmental newspaper of East Tennessee.

Dr. McKinney lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he greatly enjoys hiking and promoting sustainable living.

Robert Schoch, PhD

Logan Yonavjak

Logan Yonavjak is an investment professional who has worked with a variety of organizations on a suite of projects ranging from ESG product development, the development of social and environmental impact metrics methodologies, and a variety of renewable energy and conservation finance deals. She is currently the Manager of Research and Analysis at CREO Syndicate, a network of family offices focused on driving more private capital to solve global environmental challenges. More recently she worked at Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing, Align Impact, and the Yale Investments Office. Logan received her B.A. with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Logan is a Startingbloc Fellow, a Property and Environment Research (PERC) Fellow and a Kinship Fellow. She has also been a freelance writer for Ashoka Changemakers, Forbes, ImpactAlpha, and Nextbillion, and is also the author of several books. Logan received her Masters in Forestry and MBA (with a concentration in Asset Management) from Yale in 2016. Logan currently sits on the Board of Slow Money NYC, which connects investors with local food entrepreneurs in NYC, and she is also an Advisor to the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Investing (YISF).

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Environmental Science 5e with Navigate Scenario: GameScapes for Environmental Science

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This value-added bundle includes Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fifth Edition and the interactive, immersive, simulation-based Navigate Scenario: GameScapes for Environmental Science. In this GameScape, students must work to implement solutions that are environmentally safe and socially beneficial to a fictitious town using critical thinking skills after they have explored, researched, and interviewed key characters. Students will experience a personalized learning journey where they LEARN by BEING!