on November 10, 2001
....and a clearly written blend of ecology, systems theory, and environmental science, with interesting Enrichment sections and Guest Editorials by a variety of influential figures.
I like the "liberal" slant--in other words, the call to quit being the world's biggest consumer and polluter and create a sustainable society with more realistic values than the dream of unlimited expansion--but then I can't think of anything more insane than allowing the world to overheat so the oil empires can go on making money.
Anyway, major sections covered include:
Humans and Nature: An Overview
Some Concepts of Ecology
Population, Resources, and Pollution
Environment and Society
I'm glad I bought mine used; the publisher is nuts for charging this much money for a textbook, no matter how well-crafted.
on January 13, 2013
.. a good resource to use for an intro course into enviro biology. Various case studies at the beginning of chapters help to spark interest in the subsequent theme. Chapters are also not too long, nor do they go into extreme detail, which allows you, as an instructor, play in terms of supplemental material & examples that you'd like to incorporate into lessons. There is definitely a Canadian angle to my version, which suits my needs, as I teach there. Essentially, it is a very well thought out text, that can be used for non-scientists & scientists alike!