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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Together , Frederic and Edith Clements traveled throughout North America
studying plant communities . While Frederic's name is linked to the theory of
ecological succession , Edith is best remembered for her memoirs of their work
and for her ...
In Illinois , Henry Cowles took a different view of succession . Trained as a
geologist , Cowles examined the relationship between plant formations and the
underlying geological formations on which they developed . From his perspective
By acknowledging certain plant formations as climax stages , they admitted that
planting crops interrupted succession or produced a replacement of the natural
climax . The significance of this disruption might vary from year to year , but in ...
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