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Biology Notes - 8/27, 8/29, 8/31, 9/5, 9/7, 9/10/, 9/12...

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8/27, 8/29, 8/31, 9/5, 9/7, 9/10/, 9/12 Notes from the beginning of the semester to Exam 1 Environmental Biology 8/27/07 What is environmental biology? The scientific/ systemic study of the environment and human beings role in it. 8/29/07 Environment the conditions that surround an organism or group of organisms as well as the complex of social or cultural conditions that affect that individual or community. 1. Loss of Biodiversity 2. The Decline of Ecosystem* 3. Population Growth (both negative and positive growth) 4. Global Atmospheric Change * Groupings of plants and animals, or other organisms interacting with each other in a way that will perpetuate their groupings. Critical Thinking: -Skepticism and independence -Open- Mindedness and Flexibility -Persistence and Relevance -Courage -Humility Themes (Current topic outline paper):
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1. Sustainability: a. Definition: able to continue indefinitely without depleting resources b. An ideal 1.1 a. Ecologist: Are we using resources at a faster rate than which they can replenish themselves? b. Economist: Tend to focus on growth, efficiency, and maximum use of resources. Is the process efficient? Are resources being wasted? c. Sociologist: Human aspect. Are the current social structures sustainable? Are resources being distributed in a way that is socially sustainable? Sustainable Development: Progress that meets human needs without compromising future generations. 8/31/07
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course BIO 1-- taught by Professor Kerns during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Fredonia.

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