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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When confronted with the remains of species apparently no longer in existence ,
other naturalists made the assumption that those species had gone extinct due to
some unappreciated whim of God's will , or that those species still existed in ...
Darwinian struggles for existence within these communities provided a larger
framework for examining the growth of plants of different species . Warming also
considered how communities changed over time as certain species increased
By it is meant that through competition in the struggle for existence a point has
been approached where none of the species in a given area is increasing or
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