Sustaining the Earth,
11th Edition

G. Tyler Miller, Scott Spoolman

ISBN-13: 9781285769493 | ISBN-10: 128576949x

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 384 pages

List Price USD $149.95


SUSTAINING THE EARTH provides the basic scientific tools for understanding and thinking critically about the environmental problems we face. About half the price of other environmental science texts, this 14-chapter, one-color core book offers an integrated approach that emphasizes how environmental and resource problems and solutions are related. The new edition of SUSTAINING THE EARTH is fully updated with the latest statistics and reports of important scientific studies. New Connections boxes show surprising but important connections between environmental problems and aspects of daily life. In addition, new Thinking About boxes help students apply the concepts of the book to their own lives. Sustainability is the integrating theme of this current and thought-provoking book. The concept-centered approach transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. By framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, students see how promising the future can be.

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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.

  • NEW inclusion of three social science principles of sustainability show students how to apply important lessons from the social sciences to making our societies and economies more sustainable.
  • NEW Doing Environmental Science exercises at the end of chapters help students to experience the work of environmental scientists first-hand.
  • NEW brief Connections boxes show surprising but important connections between environmental problems and aspects of daily life.
  • NEW brief Thinking About boxes help students to make important connections on their own and to apply the concepts of the book to their own lives.
  • Updated with the latest statistics and reports of important scientific studies, Expanded coverage on topics such as ocean acidification, oil production in the U.S., the warming of the world’s lakes, climate change tipping points, the Great Pacific garbage patch, how pollution prevention pays, the greening of college campuses, and much more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PERSONAL RELEVANCE: “What Can You Do?” boxes describe how students can make a difference and “How Would You Vote?” questions give them an opportunity to think critically about issues. “Solutions” subsections present proven and possible solutions for students to explore and “Individuals Matter” boxes describe what various concerned citizens and scientists have done to help work toward sustainability.
  • Case Studies in every chapter provide an in-depth look at specific environmental problems and their possible solutions.
  • 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.
  • VALUE-PRICED: This title is part of the CENGAGE ADVANTAGE SERIES and was created specifically to deliver quality content from highly respected authors in a convenient format that will be sold to your students at a significantly lower price.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: Learning Skills.
1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Ecosystems.
3. Biodiversity and Evolution.
4. Community Ecology, Population Ecology, and the Human Population.
5. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
6. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach.
7. Food Production and the Environment.
8. Water Resources and Water Pollution.
9. Nonrenewable Energy Resources.
10. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
11. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
12. Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Ozone Depletion.
13. Urbanization and Solid and Hazardous Waste.
14. Economics, Politics, Worldviews, and the Environment.
Appendix: Units of Measurement.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

Lab Manual for Environmental Science

Includes both hands-on and data analysis labs and activities to help students develop a wider range of skills and gain greater insight on environmental science.

Custom Enrichment Module: What Can You Do?

This booklet can be packaged with the text and offers students ideas and resources for what they can do to effect individual change on key environmental issues. Included are spots for students to evaluate what their carbon footprint is in the beginning, and how it changes as they make various adjustments in their life style.

The Brooks/Cole Environmental Science Video Library 2011 (featuring BBC Motion Gallery Video clips)

This instructor DVD includes two- to five-minute videos on Zero Garbage, Making Your Roof Green, Greasing Your Automobile, Rooftop Gardens, Getting Dirty for Nature, Eating Local, Where is the Water Going?, Having Green While Living Green, Bagging the Bag, Leaving the Car at Home, Teaching Kids about Food, Urban Farming, and Biking Around Town.

Online Instructor's Manual for Miller/Spoolman's Sustaining the Earth, 11th

The Instructor's Manual has been reorganized to improve usability and features a combined summary and objectives section, key terms, lecture outlines, paper and discussion topics, activities and projects, video and web resources, a correlation to our new Lab Manual, and Suggested answers to the end of chapter Critical Thinking Questions. Available online.

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