20 realistic cases on important and controversial environmental issues have been divided into five major areas of environmental studies: air quality, water pollution, natural resources conservation, solid
and hazardous waste, and urban environmental problems. All of the contributors have taught environmental courses and drew upon their considerable classroom experiences and expertise in the field in producing cases
that: (1) promote critical thinking, (2) are student friendly, (3) approximate reality by creating a host of overlapping problems and no single or clear-cut solution, (4) are written in a highly readable, lively style,
and (5) are designed to promote classroom discussion on and interest in environmental issues. The book provides readers with a "case analysis" framework to use in addressing the problems, probing
questions and educational role-playing exercises, and a list of helpful resources for further reading and research.