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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Human action would be too small to have much of an impact . However , the
permanence of nature ... The question for some observers became " how much "
rather than “ whether ” humans could modify nature . Naturalists took one aspect
As an ecologist , Ehrlich described the self - inflicted devastation of humanity with
authority . Even more than ... Like Carson , he pointed to the many ways that
pesticides disrupted ecosystems and ultimately damaged human health . In
Actual examples of beneficial change in nature become rare , however , as the
source of those changes increasingly involves human activities that rapidly and
radically alter conditions that previously persisted for centuries . Considering ...
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