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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Fossils of tropical plants in temperate regions suggested to Lyell that some areas
were warmer during certain periods in the past , but not that the entire planet was
once much hotter and had regularly cooled off since . Lyell's uniformitarian ...
Adams suggested a major role for scientists who would formulate definite ideals
and policies that would guide naturalists , conservationists , and policymakers
alike . From his general statement of the need for scientific management and far ...
He believed that the tragedy of the commons could not be solved by science or
technology . As with the arms race , he suggested that the only solution would
involve international cooperation directed toward limiting certain freedoms .
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