The purpose of this textbook is to provide a well-rounded working knowledge of both climate change and environmental sustainability for a wide range of students. Students will learn core concepts and methods to analyze energy and environmental impacts; will understand what is changing the earth’s climate, and what that means for life on earth now and in the future. They will also have a firm understanding of what energy is and how it can be used. This text intends to develop working knowledge of these topics, with both technical and social implications. Students will find in one volume the integration and careful treatment of climate, energy, and sustainability.

chapter 1|25 pages

Understanding the Environment

Resources, Climate, Energy, and Sustainability

section I|169 pages

The Earth’s Climate Balance and Consequences of Climate Change

chapter 2|23 pages

The Climate System

chapter 3|25 pages

Greenhouse Gases

chapter 4|28 pages

Effects on Ecosystems

chapter 6|18 pages

Geopolitical Considerations

chapter 7|23 pages

Public Perception and Economic Issues

chapter 8|19 pages

Climate Change Mitigation Options

section II|248 pages

Energy Sources, Their Future, and Sustainable Living

chapter 9|16 pages


Basics, Concepts, and Quantification

chapter 10|36 pages

Nonrenewable Energy Resources

chapter 11|31 pages

Renewable Energy Resources

chapter 13|19 pages

The Geopolitics of Energy

chapter 14|20 pages

Applying Technology to Sustainability, Part I

Urban Planning and Green Buildings

chapter 15|20 pages

Applying Technology to Sustainability, Part II

Smart Transportation, Alternative Fuels, and New Fuel Technology

chapter 16|12 pages

Sustainable Agriculture and Industry

chapter 17|21 pages

Green Careers and Ecotourism

chapter 18|20 pages

Your Home and Backyard

chapter 19|9 pages

The Sustainable Lifestyle

Low Impact and Healthy Living