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  • ISBN:9781107556430
  • Format:Paperback
  • Subject(s):Marine and Environmental Sciences
  • Qualification:IB Diploma
  • Author(s):Paul Guinness, Brenda Walpole
  • Available from: No date available

Environmental Systems and Societies for the IB Diploma follows the latest syllabus for first examination in 2017.

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    Environmental Systems and Societies for the IB Diploma, 2nd edition, encourages critical and reflective thinking skills and promotes international-mindedness. ESL Speakers are supported throughout with a focus on vocabulary and straightforward explanation of topics appropriate for SL students. Real-world case studies bring theory to life and motivate students to delve into current global issues. Theory of Knowledge is integrated throughout with added discussion points to spark debate in class. Exam-style questions build skills on analysis, evaluation and interpretation. Additional teacher support offers help with planning lessons, differentiated learning and guidance about the Internal Assessment, fieldwork, exam preparation and Extended Essay.

  • Contents
    • Introduction
    • Topic 1: Foundations of environmental systems and societies
    • 1.1 Environmental value systems
    • 1.2 Systems and models
    • 1.3 Energy and equilibria
    • 1.4 Sustainability
    • 1.5 Humans and pollution
    • Topic 2: Ecosystems and ecology
    • 2.1 Species and populations
    • 2.2 Communities and ecosystems
    • 2.3 Flows of energy and matter
    • 2.4 Biomes, zonation and succession
    • 2.5 Investigating ecosystems
    • Topic 3: Biodiversity and conservation
    • 3.1 An introduction to biodiversity
    • 3.2 Origins of biodiversity
    • 3.3 Threats to biodiversity
    • 3.4 Conservation of biodiversity
    • Topic 4: Water and aquatic food production systems and societies
    • 4.1 Introduction to water systems
    • 4.2 Access to fresh water
    • 4.3 Aquatic food production systems
    • 4.4 Water pollution
    • Topic 5: Soil systems and terrestrial food production systems and societies
    • 5.1 Introduction to soil systems
    • 5.2 Terrestrial food production systems and food choices
    • 5.3 Soil degradation and conservation
    • Topic 6: Atmospheric systems and societies
    • 6.1 Introduction to the atmosphere
    • 6.2 Stratospheric ozone
    • 6.3 Photochemical smog
    • 6.4 Acid deposition
    • Topic 7: Climate change and energy production
    • 7.1 Energy choices and security
    • 7.2 Climate change—causes and impacts
    • 7.3 Climate change—mitigation and adaptation
    • Topic 8: Human systems and resource use
    • 8.1 Human population dynamics
    • 8.2 Resource use in society
    • 8.3 Solid domestic waste
    • 8.4 Human population carrying capacity
    • Answers to self-assessment questions
    • Answers to end-of-topic questions
    • Answers to case study questions
    • Glossary

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