Book:Introduction to Environmental Science

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Title:Introduction to Environmental Science
Author:Eric Pallant and Terrence Bensel
Subjects:Earth Science
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License:All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright
Description:Prof. Pallant, who teaches Environmental Science at Allegheny College, decided that standard print textbooks had yet another disadvantage: they’re a waste of natural resources. So for his Intro to E.S. course, he put together a syllabus that draws entirely from the web. Then he wrote about his experiences using the online course reader in Grist.

As an Environmental Scientist, I’m thrilled about this particular syllabus. It covers the issues quite well, and as Pallant and Bensel add more links, it will only get better. Plus, it addresses the problems with textbooks on several levels—it’s cheaper, more flexible, shorter, and more accessible than any print textbook could be. The links in this online syllabus will provide a great background for anyone interested in learning more about the environmental challenges we face today.

From the sylabus:

This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, as well as some of the efforts being made to address them at the local, regional and global scale. You will learn not only the science behind these issues (e.g. what causes global climate change), you’ll also be exposed to the economic, political and social factors that influence environmental change and shape our responses to it. We will see that environmental problems are often characterized by significant levels of uncertainty, a situation that can result in contentious policy debates and lack of clear-cut technical solutions. We will examine various efforts being made to address our most challenging environmental issues and see that some of the most promising go far beyond the usual regulatory “fixes” and instead involve a complete re-thinking of the way we produce, consume and dispose of the products we use every day.

This course is an experiment in “text-free,” web-based teaching. All of the readings required for this class will be available on-line at the course website.


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