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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Ecology with a Wartime Focus In the midst of World War II , with scientific and
military efforts to develop nuclear weapons secretly underway , the U.S.
government hired fisheries biologists at the University of Washington to
investigate radiation ...
Researchers planted the dried lakebed with corn to see whether crops would
take up radiation from the soil . The corn that grew and the insects that fed on it
were both contaminated with radioactive isotopes . This result , more like the
These processes meant that radiation could enter the many members of the
marine community by more avenues than originally recognized by ecologists ,
and that radiation could remain within the ecosystem much longer than
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