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Environmental Science. The tenth edition (2014) of Environmental Science provides a clear introduction to the environmental issues facing society and offers many possible solutions for how we can create a more sustainable way of life. It focuses on the root causes of environmental problems and takes care to present both sides of the issues. Every chapter emphasizes critical analysis to teach students how to approach these complex topics and determine the merits of the debates for themselves. “Go Green” tips offer suggestions for how students can live environmentally responsible lives. As Kindle | More…

       Environmental Science

Green Home Improvement: 65 Projects That Will Cut Utility Bills, Protect Your Health & Help the Environment. The projects described range from quick, easy, low-cost tasks like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks, or painting with insulating paint, to bigger-ticket items like installing an energy-efficient heating system, energy-conserving windows, or green flooring. For each project, it outlines the steps required, the material and installation options, the cost, the payback, as well as the health, comfort, and environmental benefits. As Kindle | More…

       Green Home Improvement

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. This guide shows you how to slash your home energy costs by tens of thousands of dollars over the coming decades while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. It then discusses energy conservation to cut energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options. Packed with practical tips and guidelines, it examines each option available to homeowners and focuses on specific strategies needed to replace specific fuels. As Kindle | More…

       The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy

Human Biology. Provides students with a clear and concise introduction to the general concepts of mammalian biology and human structure and function. With a focus on health and homeostasis, Human Biology enhances students' understanding of their own health needs and presents the scientific background necessary for students to think critically about biological information they encounter in the media. The completely revised content and new art and photos provide students with a more user-friendly text, while learning tools maximize comprehension of the material. More…
       Human Biology

Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future. This comprehensive book describes the ecological principles, policies, and practices required to create a sustainable future. It emphasizes practical, cost-effective, sustainable solutions that make sense from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. A focus on sustainable development puts readers in touch with one of the most significant shifts in thinking and action in environmental and resource management. Intended for those interested in gaining a basic knowledge of natural resources and conservation. More…

       Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future

Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity. Provides a basic understanding of electricity, solar energy and the sun, and solar site assessment. Discusses the types of photovoltaics (PVs) and PV systems, advances in PVs, charge controllers, inverters, batteries and generators, as well as the installation and maintenance of a PV system. Describes the many options available in order to help homeowners make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of solar electric systems. As Kindle | More...

       Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity

Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence. Faced with frequent power outages and skyrocketing energy costs, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently. An easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems. Includes information on ways to assess wind resources at your site, installation of wind turbines, towers, inverters, and batteries, system maintenance, and costs. Designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. As Kindle | More…
       Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence

The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling. Passive solar heating and cooling can reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Now that energy efficiency has become standard, it is easier to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate. This book explains how builders can succeed with solar designs and how ventilation and filtering techniques can complement solar strategies. As Kindle | More…

       The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling

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Human Body Systems: Structure, Function And Environment. Written for readers who want to learn about their bodies, it focuses primarily on the organ systems that comprise the body. Readers will learn the main parts of each system and how they operate, as well as what happens when things go wrong. More…

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Beyond the Fray: Reshaping America's Environmental Response. American environmentalism’s goals have been too limited and too dependant on lobbying for laws. Chiras advocates individual responsibility and action, warning that we must make profound changes in our attitudes and the way we live. He recommends building a sustainable society patterned after nature: recycling, renewing resources, and controlling population. He urges flexibility and adaptability in resource management and suggests specific actions for individuals. More…

EcoKids: Raising Children Who Care for the Earth. Because schools and the media cannot be counted on to produce an Earth-friendly citizenry, the task falls to parents. Yet even aware parents often lack the understanding and resources to take on such a task. EcoKids presents a coherent plan that helps parents foster love for nature, teach children the importance of environmental protection, promote environmental values, and inspire actions that will last a lifetime. A hopeful and motivating guide. Includes a resource section listing helpful books, articles, videos and organizations. As Kindle | More…

Essential Study Skills for Science Students. This practical book provides tips for developing better study habits, sharpening memory, getting more out of lectures, preparing for tests, and writing great term papers. More…

Lessons from Nature: Learning To Live Sustainably On The Earth. Chiras brings the concept of sustainability to life, defining it in a variety of contexts - economic, biological, political, and ethical - and exploring creative, practical ways to apply the principles of sustainability to nearly all aspects of modern life. More…

The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes. An overview of the pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Includes straw bale, rammed earth, cob, cordwood, adobe, earthbags, papercrete, and more. The common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, and pleasing. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your choice of the materials and methods for building a sustainable natural home. An unabashed advocate of natural building techniques, Chiras takes care not to romanticize, and he alerts readers to avoidable pitfalls. As Kindle | More…

The Natural Plaster Book. For builders of natural homes (straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and other natural materials), this step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing, mixing, and applying natural plasters. From principles to practicalities, and with every stage of the process illustrated, it details the entire process of plastering with earth, lime, and gypsum for a long-lasting and durable finish. Heavily illustrated with practical drawings and photographs, it also includes an extensive resource guide listing books, magazines, videos, builders, and suppliers. As Kindle | More…

The New Ecological Home: Complete Guide to Green Building Options. As homeowners become more environmentally savvy and demand ecological choices, a new generation of architects and builders is emerging. In this comprehensive volume, Chiras includes chapters on green building materials, earth-sheltered architecture, passive solar heating and cooling, sustainable approaches to water and waste, energy efficiency, and environmental landscaping. He sets the record strait on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling, and provides a resource guide, recommendations, and a green-building checklist. As Kindle | More…

Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods. Practical ideas for creating more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. This book is about remaking suburban and urban neighborhoods to serve people better and to reduce human impact on the environment. It shows how suburbs fail to meet many peoples' needs, then describes how existing neighborhoods can be transformed, offering cohousing and new urbanist communities as examples. More…

Voices for the Earth: Vital Ideas from America's Best Environmental Books. An anthology of innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues by some of the world’s most influential and informed thinkers. It contains fourteen excerpts from some of the best environmental books published in the 1990s. More…

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