Lecture_1 - Why Study Natural Resources and Environment?...

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Why Study Natural Resources and Environment? James Gustave Speth: Red Sky at Morning: American and the Crisis of the Global Environment “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; red sky at night, sailors delight.” Speth’s environmental credentials: -- Natural Resources Defense Council -- World Resources Institute -- Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
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Global Trends, 1980-2000 Population 35% increase Economic output 75% increase Energy use 40% increase Meat consumption 70% increase Auto production 45% increase Consequences : species extinctions, climate change, deforestation, desertification, freshwater scarcity
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Speth’s Conclusions 1. Gains in human health and economic well- being have come at an environmental cost. 1. Human enterprise and its effects operate on a planetary scale. 1. Human society is in a radically new ethical position because the human species now dominates the Earth’s natural systems.
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“Grand Challenges” in Environmental Sciences
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course ECON 472 taught by Professor Moore during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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