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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Despite overwhelming evidence from every field of science , changes in political
leadership have led to dramatic changes in policy , largely in response to
economic pressure . While these reversals are as disheartening to
environmentalists as ...
As with the links between cigarette smoking and lung cancer , as well as that
between CFCs and ozone depletion , scientists are called upon to provide
evidence that changes are necessary and worth the cost . So far , society has
Instead , policymakers and the general public must begin to accept the evidence
of science as a meaningful indicator of what skeptical specialists think is
happening . Since scientists have made mistakes in the past , and since they are
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