Living in the Environment,
20th Edition

G. Tyler Miller, Scott Spoolman

ISBN-13: 9780357142202
Copyright 2021 | Published
832 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

Packed with captivating illustrations from National Geographic and MindTap's anywhere, anytime digital learning tools, Miller/Spoolman's LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, 20th edition, empowers you with the knowledge and inspiration to make a difference in solving today's environmental issues. Emphasizing sustainability, the authors offer clear introductions to numerous environmental problems and balanced discussions to evaluate potential solutions. Up-to-date coverage includes no-till farming, CRISPR gene editing, phosphate crisis, genetically engineered foods, lithium supplies, recycling threats, economics and climate change, and more. Exercises throughout sharpen your critical-thinking skills, while Core Case Studies help you apply what you've learned. MindTap's exclusive content includes concept animations and conceptual learning activities to help you understand key environmental issues.


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.

  • G. Tyler Miller

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FLEXIBILITY IN COURSE DESIGN. User friendly and extremely flexible, this textbook enables instructors to easily vary the order of chapters and sections within chapters.

  • EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. Captivating photos, maps and illustrations sourced from National Geographic bring chapter concepts to life, giving students a visual and inspiring introduction to Environmental Science.

  • CENTRAL THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY. Three clearly explained scientific principles of sustainability (solar energy, chemical cycling and biodiversity) and three sustainability principles from economics (full-cost pricing), politics (win-win results) and ethics (responsibility to future generations) integrate environmental concepts and solutions and guide students in living more sustainable lifestyles. Icons highlight sustainability throughout the text.

  • THEMATIC FOCUS ON LEARNING FROM NATURE. Throughout the book, boxes on learning from nature (biomimicry) describe how scientists and engineers are mimicking nature to create solutions to environmental problems.

  • CORE CASE STUDIES. Threaded throughout each chapter, hands-on case studies explore current and relevant environmental topics and place them in the context of sustainability for the student. Core Case studies are supplemented by 70 additional case studies found throughout the book.

  • "INDIVIDUALS MATTER" BOXES. These inspiring stories include profiles of National Geographic Explorers, scientists and individuals who are making significant contributions to improving the environment.

  • "GOOD NEWS" ICONS. These icons mark areas in the text that present positive developments in efforts to deal with environmental problems and help offset the bad news about environmental dilemmas.

  • SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVITY. Trade-Off boxes present nonbiased advantages and disadvantages of various environmental technologies and solutions to environmental challenges.

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