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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The conflict over what the scientific evidence suggested depended on two
fundamentally different value systems . Valuing ... They began to call this
approach systems ecology because their work had grown so distant from the
qualitative and ...
Systems ecology attracted scientists in the 1960s and beyond with a promise to
explain complex , large - scale biological communities . While ecosystem ecology
itself had advanced scientists ' methods of recognizing and even quantifying ...
On systems ecology , see Frank Benjamin Golley , A History of the Ecosystem
Concept in Ecology : More than the Sum of Its ... describes systems ecology and
many characteristics of environmental science in this period in The Background
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