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The argument for teaching science in the environmental context is based on the reality of the science-environment relationship and on the potential that contextual teaching has for contributing to valuable student learning. At the same time, it must be recognized that such teaching involves dealing with controversial issues. These matters are discussed briefly here as background for consideration of the five science/environment modules that are included in this series: Biodiversity; Global Climate Change; Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis; Genetically Modified Crops; and Radioactive Waste. This free selection also contains the Table of Contents, Preface, an About the Authors page, and the Index.