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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For example , with the question of carbon gas in the atmosphere , he could
compare differences between carbon from forests and that from other sources of
decaying vegetable matter . Although he could not calculate exact amounts
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classic example of an unfenced pasture . Hardin explained that several farmers
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jellyfish. Other examples of genetic engineering seem less bizarre, and their ...
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