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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Together , Frederic and Edith Clements traveled throughout North America
studying plant communities . While Frederic's name is linked to the theory of
ecological succession , Edith is best remembered for her memoirs of their work
and for her ...
ecosystem ” as an alternate term for the community as a superorganism . Tansley
had resisted philosophical claims that ecosystem was merely a new name for a
living community , which he believed brought ecologists no closer to an ...
He noted that , previously , ecologists had thought of animals as active players on
the stage of plant communities , or of plants as the food source that could
influence animal communities . The significance of the abiotic environment for
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