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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Concern for survivors suffering from radiation sickness in Japan focused
scientists ' attention on the human casualties ... science that contributed to
weapons development , wartime concerns did little to promote ecology and those
sciences that ...
In part , the focus on waste around Hanford resulted from the practical concerns
of the contractor operating it , General Electric . The University of Washington
became involved at General Electric's request , not to understand the
This approach to environmental problems has succeeded in improving concerns
such as air and water quality and the release of toxins . This success results
primarily from the identification of major polluters . Laws require them to improve
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