Env & Humans (Class 1) (BB)

Env & Humans (Class 1) (BB) - Environmental Studies...

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Environmental Studies 201 Prof. Cinnamon Carlarne Assistant Professor University of South Carolina 701 S. Main Street Columbia, South Carolina 29208 803-777-3611 [email protected]
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What is Environmental Studies? Systematic study of human interaction with their environment, includes studies of the natural environment, built environment, & the social environment. ES focuses on producing broadly trained, interdisciplinary, environmental professionals. Core interdisciplinary issues: ecological, political, economic, social, physical & biological considerations. ES is based on the premise that environmental problem solving requires a working knowledge of all aspects that impact on current issues. The ES curriculum includes disciplines ranging from political science, law, business, economics, biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering.
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Why Environmental Studies? Interdisciplinary, i.e., Interesting & Prepares you for the Real World ! Relevant, contemporary, hot topic! – Learn about Energy Security, Climate Change, Hybrid Cars, Environmental Justice, Endangered Room to Specialize, i.e., to Pursue Your Own Interests Interesting Courses Combined with Internships & Applied Research A Chance to Make a Difference & Have Fun !
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Goals of Environmental Studies 201 • (1) interdisciplinary introduction to key economic, ethical, historical, and legal issues underlying a modern understanding of environmental studies • (2) overview of human impacts on the environment, focusing on the United States. • (3) introduction to key issues and principles shaping international environmental debate.
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Human Impact on the Environment : A look at the ozone layer, global warming, deforestation, water scarcity, biodiversity etc And, the impact that you and everyone else in the world has on our natural environment
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Mother Earth -- Our Home It is has water, oxygen and a hospitable climate right now
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World Population 6,862,744,904 The Challenge: Sustainable Management of an Ever-Changing Planet
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Human Impacts on the Environment • Within 50 years, 50-90% of the world's land area may be impacted significantly by human activities. • This change will result in a substantial increase in environmental problems related to habitats, biodiversity, food production, fresh water resources and health.
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The World in 20 Years: A Brief but Scary Overview Scarce Water – 2.6 -3.1 billion people may live in either water-scarce or water-stressed conditions Scarce Cropland – Cultivated land scarcity will increase to 600-986 million acres Fisheries Depletion – Most of World‟s fisheries already fished to maximum capacity Forest Loss – Number of people living in forest scarce countries will 2X to 3 billion Global Warming – Global warming will exacerbate current human pressures on the natural
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course ENVR 201 taught by Professor Carlarne during the Fall '10 term at South Carolina.

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