In Environment: The Science behind the Stories, the authors strive to implement a diversity of modern teaching approaches and to show how science can inform efforts to bring about a sustainable society. The text encourages critical thinking and maintains a balanced approach as it fleshes out the vibrant social debate that accompanies environmental issues. 

Environment: The Science Behind the Stories provides students with a concrete and engaging framework for understanding and applying the scientific process to environmental concerns. Through its case studies, real-life stories, emphasis on scientific literacy and data analysis, the Third Canadian Edition encourages students to evaluate information critically both in the text and its online resource, MasteringEnvironmentalScience.