Environmental Systems and Societies SL
Edition: 2
Number of pages: 248
ISBN: 9781910689165OSC Publishing
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This IB revision guide provides everything you need to prepare for your mocks and final exams in Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS).

Coverage includes:

  • A succinct review of the whole syllabus
  • Authentic case studies, based on original data
  • Recurring concepts and significant links between topic areas
  • A focus on practical solutions to social and environmental challenges

Key features:

  • Topic-by-topic revision questions, with detailed answers
  • Diagrams, graphs, and tables to present key information
  • Author exam and revision tips
  • Critical thinking exercises
Here’s what author Adrian Palmer says about his book:

I have written a new edition of the ESS revision guide to meet the needs of the 2015+ curriculum, particularly the new aspects, and with the intention of producing a more streamlined version to aid student revision. I really hope it helps students to do well in their final exams. Mostly my writing draws on personal experience in teaching and carrying out environmental work.

Case studies, examples, and other information draw on conservation work in the UK and Northern Thailand, and running an environmental education centre. I have also used data collected during field courses and laboratory work first hand to support the text where possible.

I hope these authentic examples are interesting and memorable to all who read through them. I have also tried to improve signposting and illustration, breaking up the text with clearer steps, summary tables, diagrams, text boxes, and highlighted key concepts.

Even a very brief look at sustainability issues gives considerable cause for concern about our development pathway. This edition of the guide has an improved focus on solutions. This is not only because they are a more integral part of the new course, but in the end they are the main point of such a course. In making a move towards a more sustainable society, we all have something to contribute. I hope the book encourages more people to take action in whatever way they can.


Adrian has over 25 years of teaching experience, including field-based environmental education and conservation work. He has been teaching IB ESS since 2001 and has experience as an examiner, workshop leader, and as part of the curriculum review team. He has taught in the UK, Thailand, and Singapore and currently teaches IB Biology, TOK, and ESS at Bangkok Patana School, Thailand.