L1 - Lecture#1 1.1 Encouraging Signs and Continuing...

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Lecture #1 1.1 Encouraging Signs and Continuing Challenges Although there are some signs of improvement, the vast majority of environmental trends show signs of movement away from non sustainability. Positive changes in perception and policy have led to real progress in solving local, regional, and global environmental problems. Unfortunately, the problems still outweigh the solutions. 1.2 What is Environmental Science? It is a branch of science that seeks to understand how we affect our environment and how these issues can be addressed. It is multidisciplinary, drawing from sciences and humanities. What is a GEOSCIENTIST? Geoscientists are stewards or caretakers of Earth's resources and environment. They work to understand natural processes on Earth and other planets. Investigating the Earth, its soils, oceans, and atmosphere; forecasting the weather; developing land-use plans; exploring other planets and the solar system; determining environmental impacts; and finding new sources of useful Earth materials are just a few of the ways geoscientists contribute to our understanding of Earth processes and history. Geoscientists provide essential information for solving problems and establishing
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course GEOS 105 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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L1 - Lecture#1 1.1 Encouraging Signs and Continuing...

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