AE Living in the Environment,
20th Edition

G. Tyler Miller, Scott Spoolman

ISBN-13: 9789814896962 | ISBN-10: 9814896969

Copyright 2021

| Published 2020

| 736 pages

List Price USD $199.95


In the new edition of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, authors Miller and Spoolman continue partnering with National Geographic Learning to deliver a text that equips students with the knowledge and inspiration they need to make a difference in solving today's environmental issues. Using sustainability as the integrating theme, the 20th Edition provides clear introductions to multiple environmental problems and balanced evaluations of potential solutions. Core Case Studies spotlight important real-world issues, exercises throughout help students sharpen their critical-thinking skills and a continuing focus on learning from nature highlights principles and applications of biomimicry. MindTap's wealth of anywhere, anytime digital learning tools includes Debate and Defend activities that help students practice evidence-based decision-making, concept animations and conceptual learning activities.

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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 COVERAGE OF KEY TOPICS. Completely updated, the 20th edition includes the latest information on no-till farming, four laws of ecology, proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, polyculture and sustainability, CRISPR gene editing, the phosphate crisis, controversy over genetically engineered foods, lithium supplies for lithium ion batteries, threats to U.S. recycling and the use of economics to slow climate change.
  • LEARNING OBJECTIVES LISTED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CHAPTER SECTION. These preview the most important lessons to be learned from each chapter section, giving students a roadmap for reading, reviewing and studying each section’s material. They help prepare students for end-of-chapter Critical Thinking and other exercises, homework assignments, quizzes and tests -- maximizing their study time and course success. They are also useful to instructors for writing quiz and test questions.
  • INCREASED EMPHASIS ON CRITICAL THINKING. The importance and nature of critical thinking is introduced in the Preface to Students. Critical-thinking questions are integrated within chapters in small feature boxes and in the captions of several figures, and Critical Thinking exercises also appear at the end of each chapter. These exercises train students to question and think about what they are reading as well as what they hear and see on social networks and in the mass media.

Table of Contents

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1. The Environment and Sustainability.
2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Biodiversity and Evolution.
5. Species Interactions, Ecological Succession, and Population Control.
6. The Human Population.
7. Climate and Terrestrial Biodiversity.
8. Aquatic Biodiversity.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: Saving Species.
10. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: Saving Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services.
11. Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity: Saving Aquatic Systems and Ecosystem Services.
12. Food Production and the Environment.
13. Water Resources.
14. Geology and Mineral Resources.
15. Nonrenewable Energy.
16. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
17. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
18. Air Pollution and Ozone Depletion.
19. Climate Change.
20. Water Pollution.
21. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
22. Urbanization and Sustainability.
23. Economics, Environment, and Sustainability.
24. Politics, Environment, and Sustainability.
25. Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability.

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.

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AE Living in the Environment

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