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Environmental Studies

Explore the foundations of environmental studies and the unique interdisciplinary methods used to address challenging environmental issues. As students, researchers, and educators take a close look at this field of study, they learn how human actions can impact planet Earth, including plants, animals, and entire ecosystems. While taking a global perspective, environmental studies also analyzes what occurs on local, regional, and international levels.

This broad field of study examines how human activity has affected the natural environment, which many scientists have linked to complex environmental problems, including major natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions as well as long-term issues like climate change. Research has shown that human activities like cutting down forests and damming rivers can significantly impact environmental health and society.   

Environmental studies focuses on the scientific and humanitarian components of these issues. Drawing from the principles of the physical sciences, economics, and social sciences, researchers examine the complexities of contemporary environmental issues such as global warming, pollution, sustainability, renewable energy, and more. This field of study also considers how ecology and environmental science intersect with other subjects like ethics, anthropology, politics, urban planning, and social justice. 

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Environmental Studies Resources

Gale provides environmental studies resources that support research, including databasesprimary source archives, and eBooks.


Gale databases offer environmental studies journals, environmental studies articles, and more to support research.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources contains archives and collections that provide firsthand content, including historical documents, archives, journals, and news articles that examine and analyze environmental concerns.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of environmental topics, including climate change, pollution, climate issues, technology, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint relevant content. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader, 1st Edition

    California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader, 1st Edition

    Princeton University Press | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781400889594

    This book offers a political history of environmental policy and regulation in California, from the Gold Rush to the present. Over its 150-year history, California has successfully protected its scenic wilderness areas, restricted coastal oil drilling, regulated automobile emissions, preserved coastal access, improved energy efficiency, and, most recently, addressed global climate change. How has this state, more than any other, enacted so many innovative and stringent environmental regulations over such a long period of time? The first comprehensive look at California’s history of environmental leadership, this book shows why the Golden State has been at the forefront in setting new environmental standards, often leading the rest of the nation. It traces California’s remarkable environmental policy trajectory and explains why the state took a leading role—it had more to lose from environmental deterioration and more to gain from preserving its stunning natural geography.

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  • Environmental Carbon Footprints: Industrial Case Studies, 1st Edition

    Environmental Carbon Footprints: Industrial Case Studies, 1st Edition

    Butterworth-Heinemann | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9780128128503

    This book provides a wide range of industrial cases, beginning with textiles, energy systems, and biofuels. Each footprint is associated with background information, scientific consensus and the reason behind its invention, methodological framework, assessment checklist, calculation tool/technique, applications, challenges, and limitations. More importantly, applications of each indicator/framework in various industrial sectors and their associated challenges are presented. As case studies are the most flexible of all research designs, this book allows researchers to retain the holistic characteristics of real-life events while investigating empirical events.

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  • Environmental Engineering: Review for the Professional Engineering Examination, 1st Edition

    Environmental Engineering: Review for the Professional Engineering Examination, 1st Edition

    Springer | 2013 | ISBN-13: 9780387499307

    This book will help the reader expand into chemical engineering and become a licensed professional engineer (PE), which can offer a tremendous boost to one’s career as there are certain career opportunities available only to licensed engineers. Licensure demonstrates high standards of professionalism, knowledge, and ability. Because of the work experience requirement, PE examinees generally have been out of school for some time. This book summarizes the theoretical background of topics covered in the exam, which will help examinees refresh their memories on subjects they may not have been exposed to since their undergraduate classes. Another advantage of using this book to prepare for the PE exam is that two or three “logical distractors” (answers that result from common mistakes) are included among the answer choices for each problem. The solutions to the problems also explain why the logical distractors are incorrect. Research has shown that this is an efficient teaching tool. Thus, the inclusion of these logical distractors and their explanations will give individuals a better understanding of the subject matter in a shorter period of time. Although this book is intended primarily to help engineers prepare for the PE environmental engineering examination, it’s also useful in undergraduate engineering courses that cover environmental engineering topics.  

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  • Idiot's Guides: Environmental Science, 1st Edition

    Idiot’s Guides: Environmental Science, 1st Edition

    Alpha Books | 2014 | ISBN-13: 9781615643738

    Environmental science is an integrated interdisciplinary field that combines the study of ecology, physics, chemistry, biology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geography. It is among the top 10 most popular Advanced Placement examinations taken by high school seniors to receive postsecondary college credit. Idiot’s Guide® to Environmental Science provides a step-by-step review of the disciplines that comprise environmental science, helping students grasp the basic concepts, internalize the information, and prepare for exams.

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  • Oil Spill Environmental Forensics Case Studies, 1st Edition

    Oil Spill Environmental Forensics Case Studies, 1st Edition

    Butterworth-Heinemann | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9780128044353

    This book includes 34 chapters presenting various aspects of environmental forensics in relation to “real-world” oil spill cases from around the globe. Authors representing academic, government, and private researcher groups from 14 countries bring a diverse and global perspective to this volume

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  • Science and the Global Environment: Case Studies for Integrating Science and the Global Environment, 1st Edition

    Science and the Global Environment: Case Studies for Integrating Science and the Global Environment, 1st Edition

    Elsevier Inc. | 2017 | ISBN-13: 9780128018088

    This book provides data-rich cases focused on complex global environmental issues in four major content areas: water resources, the atmosphere and air quality, ecosystem alteration, and global resources and human needs. It’s designed to help students of the environment and natural resources make the connections between their training in science and math and today’s complex environmental issues.

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