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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Marsh summarized , " [ I ] t is evident that the wild quadrupeds of North America ,
even when most numerous , were few compared with their domestic successors ,
that they required a much less supply of vegetable food , and consequently ...
As if both sides were not warmed by the same genial sun ; as if a soil of the same
chemical composition , was less capable of elaboration into animal nutriment ; as
if the fruits and grains from that soil and sun , yielded a less rich chyle , gave ...
Natural selection , as has just been remarked , leads to divergence of character
and to much extinction of the less improved and intermediate forms of life . On
these principles , I believe , the nature of the affinities of all organic beings may
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