LEC19(09)environment

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SOC101Y Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology Professor Robert Brym Professor Robert Brym Lecture #20 Lecture #20 The Environment The Environment 17 March 2010 17 March 2010
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“In the long run, do you think the scientific  advances we are making will help or harm  mankind?” 1981-2000 (percent “harm”) 0 10 20 30 40 50 1981 1991 1995- 1997 1999- 2000 USA CANADA Rich countries minus USA Countries that are not rich This graph shows that (1) Americans are among the most optimistic people in the world concerning the effects of science on humanity; (2) Americans and the citizens of other rich countries such as Canada were more pessimistic about the effects of science on humanity at the end of the 20th century than they were in 1981; (3) the citizens of countries that are not rich were more optimistic about the effects of science on humanity at the end of the 20th century than they were in 1981. Percent
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Important Terms Important Terms Technology is traditionally defined as the application of scientific principles to the improvement of human life. The term normal accident recognizes that the very complexity of modern technologies ensures they will inevitably fail, though in unpredictable ways. A risk society is a society in which technology distributes danger and advantage among all social groups. Some categories are, however, more exposed than others.
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Global Warming and Polar Ice Global Warming and Polar Ice            Heat-trapping gases (C0 2 , CH 4 , etc.) 1. Heat-trapping gases produced mainly by human activity collect in  the atmosphere (CO 2   [carbon dioxide], CH [methane], etc.) 2. The sun heats the surface of the earth.
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