Chapter 10 - Natural Resources, the Environment and...

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Unformatted text preview: Natural Resources, the Environment and Agriculture Chapter 10 Topics of Discussion Agriculture and the environment Economics of the environment Economics of resources in agriculture Government policies for agriculture, natural resourcs, and the environment Page 211 Interactions with natural resources and the environment Environmental and Natural Resources Natural resources are part of the environment Environment is a natural resource Environmental Economics Refers to the study of flows, such as pollution, that affect others Natural Resource Economics The study of natural assets that are valued for their productive capacity Pages 211-212 Agriculture and the Environment Water pollution Air pollution Global warming Other environmental impacts Pages 212-216 Page 213 Water pollutants are known to cause cancer. Agriculture is leading contributor to water pollution in US. What are PCBs? Polychlorinated Biphenyl - a synthetic, organic chemical once widely used in electrical equipment, specialized hydraulic systems, heat transfer systems, and other industrial products. Highly toxic and a potent carcinogen PCBs were a common industrial discharge up around the 1980s and they are now a huge problem. Some companies paying billions of dollars to deal with these nasties Page 213 The greenhouse effect is caused by an increase in atmospheric gases that trap solar radiation, gradually warming the earths surface. Page 215 Temperature record over the past 150 years The latest science...
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course AGEC 105 taught by Professor Capps during the Summer '08 term at Texas A&M.

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