The Environment and Science: Social Impact and Interaction
ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 299 páginas
The Environment and Science: Social Impact and Interaction explores the history of how science investigates nature and how those studies both shape and are shaped by the social attitudes, philosophies, and politics of their times. It follows the changes in perceptions of the natural world and humankind's place in it from the European colonization of North America through the Industrial Revolution and westward expansion, to the rise of the consumer economy and the recent hardening of the ideological battle lines over environmental policy.
Coverage includes the emergence of ecology as a science and conservation as a movement, the long history of conflicts between business interests and environmentalists, and the role of scientific studies in debates over atomic and nuclear power, pesticides, toxic emissions, and other human-made sources of environmental degradation.
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In many cases , they observed that trees offered more surface area than bare
ground for the collection of radiant heat ... For the same reason , naturalists saw
that forests retained higher humidity than deforested areas , so soils stayed moist
In particular , Leopold argued that wilderness , even small remnants , ought to be
preserved as study areas — even laboratories — for comparison . He suggested
that each biotic province requires an example of its own wilderness for ...
By it is meant that through competition in the struggle for existence a point has
been approached where none of the species in a given area is increasing or
decreasing in number of individuals . In this conception animals and plants are
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