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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As they became increasingly detached from nature , most Americans retained a
view that nature was a vast storehouse of resources . Human action would be too
small to have much of an impact . However , the permanence of nature became ...
C. Hart Merriam , who became recognized as a naturalist with broad vision ,
ascended to the head of the government's primary natural history survey .
Spencer Baird began as a naturalist specializing in birds and reptiles , and
Based partly on his scientific studies and partly on his personal convictions about
the beauty and value of nature , Muir became a leader among those in the United
States who hoped to preserve natural places . By the 1880s , Muir and his ...
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