1. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet by Daniel B. Botkin, Edward A. Keller, Hardcover: 752 pages, Publisher: Wiley
This textbook introduces the scientific principles and practices of studying the environment, presenting information from analytical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Offers a modern and different perspective. Includes updated content to reflect latest research findings. Each chapter ending has references to related material on the web. Comprehensive, thorough and clear.
2. Living in the Environment : Principles, Connections, and Solutions (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) by Jr., G. Tyler Miller, Hardcover: 864 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
This is a science-based book designed for introductory courses in environmental science. Tyler Miller is the most successful author in environmental science instruction because of his attention to currency, trend-setting presentation, outstanding student and instructor supplements, and his ability to retain and refine the pedagological hallmarks on which instructors have come to depend. Instructors can seamlessly incorporate current news articles and research findings to support classroom instruction. And, for the first time ever, students will receive a complementary CD-ROM entitled Interactive Concepts in Environmental Science. This groundbreaking addition integrates nearly 100 engaging animations and interactions with chapter summaries, flashcards, and Web-based quizzes. Organized by chapter, students will find links to relevant resources, narrated animations, interactive figures and prompts to review material and test themselves.
3. Case Studies in Environmental Science by Robert M. Schoch, Textbook Binding: 203 pages, Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
This collection of sixty case studies explores controversial issues in environmental science. Questions that emphasize critical examination of these issues and the impact that good or bad decisions can have on the environment follow each case study.
4. Environmental Science: Toward A Sustainable Future (8th Edition) by Richard T. Wright, Bernard J. Nebel, Hardcover: 681 pages, Publisher: Prentice Hall
Known for its currency and readability, this book focuses on enabling readers to critically evaluate the latest environmental issues and to apply that understanding to situations and events in their everyday lives. It explores the interactions of humans within the natural environment and probes issues thoroughly examining their scientific basis, their history, and society’s response. The authors discuss sustainable development and public policy in terms of how they shape the present and future. Topics covered include ecosystems and how they work; the human population; renewable resources; energy; pollution and prevention; and more. For anyone interested in environmental science, environmental studies, and environmental biology.
5. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough, Michael Braungart, Paperback: 208 pages, Publisher: North Point Press
A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacture and environmentalism; “Reduce, reuse, recycle” urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. As William McDonough and Michael Braungart argue in their provocative, visionary book, however, this approach perpetuates a one-way, “cradle to grave” manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world, they ask. Elaborating their principles from experience (re) designing everything from carpeting to corporate campuses, the authors make an exciting and viable case for change.