Environmental Science

Basic principles of ecology and exploration of contemporary issues in environmental science with an emphasis on man’s interaction with the Earth’s biological and physical resources.

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American Environmental History
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For too long the environment has been considered little more than a neutral background to history. This text surveys findings of the new field of Environmental History about how the environment of the Americas influenced the actions of people here and how people affected their environments, from prehistory to the present.

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Environmental Studies
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Author:
Dan Allosso
Date Added:
09/09/2019
Climate Toolkit: A Resource Manual for Science and Action
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The Climate Toolkit is a resource manual designed to help the reader navigate the complex and perplexing issue of climate change by providing tools and strategies to explore the underlying science. As such it contains a collection of activities that make use of readily available on-line resources developed by research groups and public agencies. These include web-based climate models, climate data archives, interactive atlases, policy papers, and “solution” catalogs. Unlike a standard textbook, it is designed to help readers do their own climate research and devise their own perspective rather than providing them with a script to assimilate and repeat.

The activities in the manual are divided into five sections that include weather and climate basics, present climate impacts, past climate change, future change and impacts, and strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation. These are followed by three appendices which contain information about the on-line tools used in the activities in this manual; a catalog of on-line and print resources produced by research groups, government agencies, and community groups involved in climate and sustainability work; and background on the history and key players in the international climate negotiation process.

Though originally aimed at undergraduate non-science majors, the manual has been broadened for a wider audience in non-academic settings like community groups, service organizations, workplace study groups, and faith communities.

Also available here: https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/pdxopen/28/

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Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
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Author:
Frank Granshaw
Date Added:
07/06/2020
ENVS203: Environmental Ethics, Justice, and World Views
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In this course we introduce the concept of environmental ethics, a philosophy that extends the ethical concepts we traditionally apply to human behavior to the natural world. We will study the history of environmental ethics, the concept of environmental justice, and explore how our views about the natural world have changed over time.

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Environmental Science
Philosophy
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Full Course
Author:
Saylor Academy
Date Added:
07/30/2019
Environmental Biology
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This open textbook covers the most salient environmental issues, from a biological perspective. The text is designed for an introductory-level college science course. Topics include the fundamentals of ecology, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, food production, and human population growth.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Environmental Science
Chapter 2: Matter, Energy, & Life
Chapter 3: Ecosystems and the Biosphere
Chapter 4: Community & Population Ecology
Chapter 5: Conservation & Biodiversity
Chapter 6: Environmental Hazards & Human Health
Chapter 7: Water Availability and Use
Chapter 8: Food & Hunger
Chapter 9: Conventional & Sustainable Agriculture
Chapter 10: Air Pollution, Climate Change, & Ozone Depletion
Chapter 11: Conventional & Sustainable Energy

Lecture slides for each chapter are available from https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/119oj6XXHnQMpwu_rCgczDFrZPMbqGN8W

Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/environmental-biology

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Author:
Alexandra Geddes
Jonathan Tomkin
Kamala Doršner
Matthew R. Fisher
OpenStax
Tom Theis
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Environmental Engineering (Sustainability and Conservation)
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Environmental engineers are responsible for designing processes and infrastructure to ensure society has access to safe water, clean air and healthy ecosystems. They apply knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology and the social sciences to problems in a variety of areas including water and wastewater treatment and ecosystem remediation, analysis of chemical fate and transport in the natural environment, and modeling of hydrologic and atmospheric flows. As climate change creates new challenges, such as in the form of droughts and intense weather events, the field of environmental engineering evolves to meet society’s needs.

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Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental Science
Sustainability - A Comprehensive Foundation
Introduction to Permaculture
To Catch the Rain
Introduction to Climate Science
Soil and Water Conservation

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
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05/13/2020
Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective
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This textbook is intended to provide the core elements of a curriculum for teaching environmental science at the introductory level in Canadian colleges and universities. This book is suitable for students beginning a program in environmental science, environmental studies, or sustainability. It is also appropriate for arts students who require a science elective, and for science students who require a non-major elective. This book was written from the ground-up to provide Canadian information and examples. This national context is integrated throughout the text, along with North American and global data that provide a broader perspective.

Other file formats here: https://open.bccampus.ca/browse-our-collection/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=1ff23e21-e22d-482d-9fc5-6ec698b6817e&contributor=&keyword=&subject=

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Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Earth Science
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Author:
Bill Freedman
Date Added:
05/13/2020
Environmental ScienceBites
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This book was written by undergraduate students at The Ohio State University (OSU) who were enrolled in the class Introduction to Environmental Science. The chapters describe some of Earth's major environmental challenges and discuss ways that humans are using cutting-edge science and engineering to provide sustainable solutions to these problems.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Textbook
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The Ohio State University
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Pressbooks
Author:
Brian H. Lower
Travis R. Shaul
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Environmental ScienceBites Volume 2
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The second volume of the Environmental ScienceBites book was authored by 30 unique undergraduate students enrolled in the course Introduction to Environmental Science at The Ohio State University. The book highlights both articles and posters describing critical environmental issues important to the first-time authors.

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Environmental Science
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Textbook
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The Ohio State University
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Author:
Brian H. Lower
Ella M. Weaver
Kylienne A. Shaul
Travis R. Shaul
Date Added:
04/24/2019
Introduction to Climate Science
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This book describes how Earth's climate is changing, how it has been changing in the recent geological past and how it may change in the future. It covers the physical sciences that build the foundations of our current understanding of global climate change such as radiation, Earth's energy balance, the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. Both natural and human causes for climate change are discussed. Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems are summarized. Ethical and economical aspects of human-caused climate change and solutions are presented.

Table of Contents
1. Weather
2. Observations
3. Paleoclimate
4. Theory
5. Carbon
6. Processes
7. Models
8. Impacts
9. Economics
10. Ethics
11. Solutions

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Environmental Science
Earth Science
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Author:
Andreas Schmittner
Date Added:
07/06/2020
Introduction to Environmental Science
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This course uses the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices. Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, from oil spills to global climate change. In ENSC 1000, you will learn about the science behind these problems; preparing you to make an informed, invaluable contribution to Earth’s future. I hope that each of you is engaged by the material presented and participates fully in the search for, acquisition of, and sharing of information within our class.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Population Ecology
Chapter 3: Human Demography
Chapter 4: Non-Renewable Energy
Chapter 5: Alternative Energy
Chapter 6: Air Pollution
Chapter 7: Climate Change
Chapter 8: Water

Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/introduction-to-environmental-science-2nd-edition

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Environmental Science
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Textbook
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University System of Georgia
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Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Alison VandeVoort
Caralyn Zehnder
Christine Mutiti
Donna Bennett
Kalina Manoylov
Samuel Mutiti
Date Added:
03/19/2016
Introduction to Environmental Science, 2nd Edition
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This course uses the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices. Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, from oil spills to global climate change. In ENSC 1000, you will learn about the science behind these problems; preparing you to make an informed, invaluable contribution to Earth’s future. I hope that each of you is engaged by the material presented and participates fully in the search for, acquisition of, and sharing of information within our class.

This open textbook for Introduction to Environmental Science was created under a Round Two ALG Textbook Transformation Grant.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Population Ecology
Chapter 3 - Non-Renewable Energy
Chapter 4 - Alternative Energy
Chapter 5 - Air Pollution
Chapter 6 - Climate Change
Chapter 7 - Water
Chapter 8 - Water Quality

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Allison VandeVoort
Caralyn Zehnder
Christine Mutiti
Donna Bennett
Kalina Manoylov
Samuel Mutiti
Date Added:
12/17/2020
Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation
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With “Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation”, first and second-year college students are introduced to this expanding new field, comprehensively exploring the essential concepts from every branch of knowledge – including engineering and the applied arts, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. As sustainability is a multi-disciplinary area of study, the text is the product of multiple authors drawn from the diverse faculty of the University of Illinois: each chapter is written by a recognized expert in the field.

Table of Contents
1 Foreword
2 Preface
3 Introduction to Sustainability: Humanity and the Environment
4 The Evolution of Environmental Policy in the United States
5 Climate and Global Change
6 Biosphere
7 Physical Resources: Water, Pollution, and Minerals
8 Environmental and Resource Economics
9 Modern Environmental Management
10 Sustainable Energy Systems
11 Problem-Solving, Metrics, and Tools for Sustainability
12 Sustainability: Ethics, Culture, and History
13 Sustainable Infrastructure

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Environmental Science
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Textbook
Author:
Tom Theis
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Sustaining the Commons
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In this book you will learn about institutions–the rules and norms that guide the interactions among us. Those rules and norms can be found from traffic rules, rules in sports, regulations on when and where alcohol can be consumed, to constitutional rules that define who can become president of the United States of America. Rules and norms guide us to cooperative outcomes of so-called collective action problems. If we rely on voluntary contributions only to get anything done, this may not lead to the best results. But research also shows that coercion of people to comply to strict rules do not necessary lead to good outcomes. What combination of sticks and carrots is needed to be successful to solve collective action problems such as sustaining the commons?

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Economics
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
John Anderies
Marco Janssen
Date Added:
04/24/2019