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Environmental Science For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Alecia M. Spooner
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Book Description

The easy way to score high in Environmental Science

Environmental science is a fascinating subject, but some students have a hard time grasping the interrelationships of the natural world and the role that humans play within the environment. Presented in a straightforward format, Environmental Science For Dummies gives you plain-English, easy-to-understand explanations of the concepts and material you'll encounter in your introductory-level course.

Here, you get discussions of the earth's natural resources and the problems that arise when resources like air, water, and soil are contaminated by manmade pollutants. Sustainability is also examined, including the latest advancements in recycling and energy production technology. Environmental Science For Dummies is the most accessible book on the market for anyone who needs to get a handle on the topic, whether you're looking to supplement classroom learning or simply interested in learning more about our environment and the problems we face.

  • Presents straightforward information on complex concepts
  • Tracks to a typical introductory level Environmental Science course
  • Serves as an excellent supplement to classroom learning

If you're enrolled in an introductory Environmental Science course or studying for the AP Environmental Science exam, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.



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Grasp fundamental concepts of environmental science

Do you have a hard time grasping the interrelationships of the natural world and the role that humans play within the environment? Fear no more! Presented in a straightforward way, Environmental Science For Dummies gives you plain-English, easy-to-understand explanations of the concepts and material you'll encounter in your introductory-level course.

  • Environmental Science 101 — understand key concepts and principles, like how to measure human impact with the ecological footprint and how to use the ecosystem as a unit of study
  • What's the matter? — grasp the "stuff" that makes up all things — matter — and take a look at how atoms bond to form molecules
  • Quench your thirst — find the 4-1-1 on the Earth's natural resources and understand why biodiversity is so important (and why it's in danger in many parts of the world)
  • Take a deep breath — discover the dangerous substances or toxins that are present in the environment and how garbage and hazardous waste can be managed to reduce further damage
  • Follow the recycled brick road — shift your perspective from human-centered to ecosystem-centered to make more sustainable choices

Open the book and find:

  • What energy is, how it works, and how it flows
  • The pros and cons of alternative energy sources
  • An exploration of the ecosystem
  • A look at the Earth's natural resources
  • How and why the climate is changing
  • Effects of air and water pollution
  • Ten simple ways to live more sustainably
  • Potential careers in environmental science

Learn to:

  • Apply concepts of environmental science to your life
  • Supplement classroom learning with confidence
  • Explore issues surrounding natural resources and sustainability
  • Understand how the choices you make impact the environment

About the Author

Alecia M. Spooner teaches Earth and Environmental Sciences at a community college and enjoys developing active-learning science curriculums for adults. Alecia is also the author of Geology For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2671 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EHXQ6G
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Important Topic than Most Realize November 13, 2012
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Nikola Tesla had predicted how long World War I would last by observing the relationship between the populations of the countries fighting, military strengths, and the logistic growth model, which this book explains in detail. It goes further into discussing the "carrying capacity" of environments. It was the exhaustion of its environment that began the fall of the Mayan culture, long before the contact with the Old World. Cultures clash and die off based on the carrying capacities of their environment.

The point is if we wish to survive, we must understand our environment. This understanding requires the science facts of air, soil, water, as well as human factors to cooperate and collaborate for a sustainable future.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Environmental science isn't for dummies, even though there is a Environmental Science For Dummies book. This book will not teach you environmental science, since it is a combination of geology, ecology, population biology, climate science, botany, conservation biology, oceanography, and more, including the basic sciences of chemistry, physics, and math.

This book is, however, a good overview of the topic. Are you interested? Do you want to know more? This book may help you with a career choice, or with getting you started to learn more about a particular subject.

There's an emphasis on sustainability and sustainable living. This may or may not be considered environmental science. I'm happy to call it applied environmental science.

Author Alecia Spooner got a few things mixed up. For example, she defines "environment" as "all living and nonliving things that interact in a specific area." Then she defines an "ecosystem" as the "living organisms and the environment that they inhabit and depend on for resources." So when you combine these two definitions, she seems to define "ecosystem" as "living organisms and all living and nonliving things that interact in a specific area that they inhabit and depend on for resources." She's really defining ecosystem both times.

But I did like her observation:

"Regardless of your political or cultural beliefs, the facts are the same:
- Billions of people have only one planet to share
- All human beings depend on the natural resources of the Earth to survive."

And she does discuss the "precautionary principle," an important concept in conservation biology.

I'll keep this one on my bookshelf to lend out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dummies for Earth April 5, 2013
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This is only one reader's opinion...

Okay, this is the kind of book someone should consider picking up if they want to read more about 'What's the deal with the environment and the science surrounding it?"

I've read a number of Dummies books over the years and what I like most about them is the accessibility and organization.

This book gives a nice breakdown of the areas of environmental science. I like that it starts out with a half page of "Where to go from here" so as to direct the reader to places of particular interest (i.e. what brought them to this book in the first place).

Overall, found this digestible and accessible for those who are curious, but not ready for an academic format.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Rachel
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I recently took a college course in environmental science. I thought it would be pretty easy, but I was very wrong. I did poorly on the tests from the start, and struggled with the chapters in the textbook. I decided to order this for dummies book in hopes that it would expand upon my textbook, and it did. Nearly everything in my textbook was covered in detail in this book. The course I took was particularly difficult because it was online. Thanks to diligent studying and this book, I ended up getting a B. Highly recommend this if you are taking a course in environmental science, or even if you are just interested in the subject!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Very clear and concise which made it all the more helpful. This series is great as a reference book or a complete read through . As a teacher it gives inspiration for remediation and advancement as well as helps u brush up on your own knowledge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful introduction to the subject December 27, 2012
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I am pretty much scientifically illiterate. I took only the basic required science classes in high school and college, and have read only a handful of books related to science history, such as Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything." This "Environmental Science for Dummies" is for lay readers of the subject. The author breaks down terminology and makes it pretty assessable for anyone with a high school or college education. This is not the type of book that you will read in one or two settings, but if you care about the subject and debate about environmentalism, this book will put things in perspective.

The book helps you understand and explore our ecosystem, and how we exploit and use natural resources impact the climate globally. It is one thing to listen to uninformed and scientifically illiterate talk radio hosts, but reading and studying the facts is the only way you will understand this problem. Alecia Spooner helps you to understand how the scientific method is used to help us understand the Earth's physical systems and ecosystems. While politics and rhetoric influenced the debate about destruction of the environment, not enough is understood about thermal energy, the echofootprint, important nutrient cycles, our freshwater resources, biodiversity, solid and hazardous waste -- and much much more.
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