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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Although human communities living in the presence of these changes sometimes
considered them catastrophic ... Because the rate of change in nature described
by Lyell in Principles of Geology was constant , or uniform , and the processes ...
From his perspective , changes could occur much more rapidly than Clements
suggested , and those changes would not always follow the same linear pattern .
Cowles did not repeat Clements's observations on the Great Plains . Instead , he
Since change and habitat disturbance can benefit some species on occasion ,
the argument that humaninduced change ... Actual examples of beneficial
change in nature become rare , however , as the source of those changes
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