2007-09-06 - Introduction to Environmental Science

2007-09-06 - Introduction to Environmental Science - I....

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I. Environmental Science A. Definition 1. Human interaction with other species and with the physical environment. 2. Study of the environment and our proper place in it 3. The discipline devoted to sustainable human existence. B. Sustainable Society 1. A society that manages its economy and population in such a way that it does not exceed the environment’s capacity to produce necessary resources or absorb waste. 2. A society that uses resources/generates waste in such a way that it does not compromise future generation’s ability to do the same thing and enjoy the same quality of life. C. Natural Resource 1. Anything deemed desirable or useful for human activity and used to enhance the welfare or improve the quality of life for humans. 2. 3 types a. Perpetual Natural Resource -- always present in predictable seemingly inexhaustible amounts 1. sunlight 2. wind 3. flowing water -- either downhill on land or tides b. Renewable Natural Resource -- constantly replenished by natural cycles- can be
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