Living in the Environment,
18th Edition

G. Tyler Miller, Scott Spoolman

ISBN-13: 9781133940135 | ISBN-10: 1133940137

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 816 pages

List Price USD $197.95


"Inspiring people to care about the planet." In the new edition of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman have partnered with the National Geographic Society to develop a text designed to equip students with the inspiration and knowledge they need to make a difference solving today's environmental issues. Exclusive content highlights important work of National Geographic Explorers, and features over 200 new photos, maps, and illustrations that bring course concepts to life. Using sustainability as the integrating theme, LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT 18e, provides clear introductions to the multiple environmental problems that we face and balanced discussions to evaluate potential solutions. In addition to the integration of new and engaging National Geographic content, every chapter has been thoroughly updated and 18 new Core Case Studies offer current examples of present environmental problems and scenarios for potential solutions. The concept-centered approach used in the text transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. Overall, by framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, students see how promising the future can be and their important role in shaping it. offers additional exclusive National Geographic content, including high-quality videos on important environmental problems and efforts being made to address them. Team up with Mller/Spoolman's, LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT and the National Geographic Society to offer your students the most inspiring introduction to environmental science available!

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Meet the Authors

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G. Tyler Miller has written 65 textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy and environmental chemistry. Since 1975, his books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. Translated into eight languages, they have been used by more than 3 million students. Dr. Miller has a professional background in chemistry, physics and ecology. He taught college for 20 years, developed one of the nation's first environmental studies programs and created an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. Now Dr. Miller is president of Earth Education and Research, which is devoted to improving environmental education. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and received two honorary doctoral degrees for his contributions to environmental education.

Scott Spoolman is a writer with more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a co-author on editions of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE and SUSTAINING THE EARTH. With Norman Myers, he co-authored ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS: A MODULAR APPROACH. Spoolman has authored numerous books and articles in the fields of environmental science, geology and natural history, politics and business. In addition, he has worked as a consulting editor in the development of over 70 college and high school textbooks in fields of the natural and social sciences. He earned a master's degree in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. In his free time, Spoolman enjoys exploring the forests and waters of his native Wisconsin along with his family -- his wife, environmental educator Gail Martinelli, son Will and daughter Katie.

  • Individuals Matter boxes now include profiles of National Geographic Explorers who are making significant contributions to improving the environment. These highly graphical sections highlight efforts of researchers to improve the world's environment by applying unique science-based solutions.
  • Consider This boxes now include a new emphasis on Campus Sustainability to focus attention on the environmental efforts of students and professors at specific institutions.
  • At the end of every chapter a new feature called Global Environment Watch Activities help students learn how to use an extensive database of environmental articles and other materials that are updated several times a day and are available exclusively for users of this book.
  • New Core Case Studies in 18 of the 25 chapters provide in-depth examples of specific environmental problems and scenarios for potential solutions, helping students understand the concepts in the chapter and apply them to a real-world situation.
  • Co-authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman have partnered with the National Geographic Society to include exclusive content from the National Geographic Society's world-renowned photo and map collections. Over new 200 photos, maps, and illustrations provide students with the most visual and inspiring introduction to environmental science available.
  • CENTRAL THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY: Three clearly explained principles of sustainability (solar energy, chemical cycling, and biodiversity) are integrated throughout every chapter and take students through the practical steps they can take toward more sustainable lifestyles. Icons highlight sustainability throughout the text.
  • Enhanced art program includes a wealth of new and updated figures, new photos, and a new design that reinforces and enhances learning.
  • "Connections" boxes in each chapter briefly describe connections between human activities and environmental consequences, environmental and social issues, and environmental issues and solutions.
  • "Three Big Ideas" appear near the end of every chapter, reinforcing key take-away ideas students can apply.
  • "Good News" logos mark areas in the text that present positive developments in efforts to deal with environmental problems.
  • CONCEPT-CENTERED APPROACH: To help students focus on the main ideas, each major chapter section is built around one to two key concepts which state the most important take-away messages of each chapter.
  • REAL DATA: Each chapter includes a quantitative Data Analysis or Ecological Footprint Analysis exercise. Data Analysis exercises include graphs and real-life data that students refer to directly to answer quantitative questions. Ecological Footprint Analysis exercises focus on human impact through analysis of emissions data, population data, and other current real-life statistics.
  • OBJECTIVE COVERAGE: A strong emphasis on scientific objectivity and the need for non-biased solutions is a hallmark of the text. "Trade-Offs" boxes present advantages and disadvantages of various environmental technologies and solutions to environmental problems.
  • Over 18 of the book's 25 chapters have new "Core Case Studies" that are threaded throughout each chapter. These case studies explore current and relevant environmental topics and place them in the context of sustainability for the student.

Table of Contents

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1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Biodiversity and Evolution.
5. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control.
6. The Human Population and Its Impact.
7. Climate and Biodiversity.
8. Aquatic Biodiversity.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
10. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach.
11. Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity.
12. Food, Soil, and Pest Management.
13. Water Resources.
14. Geology and Nonrenewable Minerals.
15. Nonrenewable Energy.
16. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
17. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
18. Air Pollution.
19. Climate Disruption and Ozone Depletion.
20. Water Pollution.
21. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
22. Sustainable Cities.
23. Economics, Environment, and Sustainability.
24. Politics, Environment, and Sustainability.
25. Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability.
1. Measurement Units.
2. Reading Graphs and Maps.
3. Environmental History of the United States.
4. Some Basic Chemistry.
5. Weather Basics.
6. Maps and Map Analysis.
7. Environmental Data and Data Analysis.

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Custom Gobal Environmental Watch Enrichment Module

Technology has allowed humans to continue to extend our reach to more and more remote parts of the globe to find new supplies of resources and continue to grow, but are there limits to this growth? As we face a world of increasing populations and finite resources is there a path to a sustainable future? This module integrates the Global Environment Watch as a learning tool to explore environmental issues. Includes access to the Global Environment Watch.

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