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ENSP TEST NOTES: Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability CHAPTER 1: Living More Sustainably How do we have a Sustainable Society? Environmental Sustainability = Economic Sustainability Remember this correlation! Sustainable Development? Environmentally Sustainable Development asks people to live without degrading the environment or disregarding future generations. (i.e Deforestation-induced erosion in Madagascar ) Bottom line: You cannot have a healthy environment without considering the societal and economic factors The requirements of all three aspects must be met for sustainability to occur This idea is rapidly gaining support in any sustainable project
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Environmental Sustainability index for different nations: We have grown to believe that we are faced with an inescapable choice between higher economic welfare and a greener environment. Environmental development often stems from economic development, but only when we get sufficiently rich can we afford the relative luxury of caring about the environment What Keeps Us Alive? Solar Energy Natural Capital Natural Services
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These three are the basis of the earth's sustainable ecological functioning, and thus ours as well What do YOU really need to survive? Clean water (to drink) Clean Air (to breathe) Clean soil (to grow plants to eat) Biodiversity (to provide food and shelter - and to create natural services that we need to survive) Everything else is EXTRA Natural Capital is the buzzword ecologists use to group resources and services NATURAL CAPITAL = NATURAL RESOURCES + NATURAL SERVICES NATURAL RESOURCES: Air, Water, Soil, Land, Life (biodiversity), Nonrenewable minerals (iron, sand), Renewable energy (sun, wind, water flows), Nonrenewable energy (fossil fuels, nuclear power) NATURAL SERVICES: Air purification, Water purification, Soil renewal, Nutrient recycling, Food production, Pollination, Grassland renewal, Forest renewal, Waste treatment, Climate Control, Population control (species interactions), Pest control Ecosystems are communities of plants, animals, and microbes along with the abiotic components such as soil and water. Some ecosystems appear to be lifeless or useless such as deserts, but the resulting community (cactus, snakes, etc.) is
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This note was uploaded on 07/07/2011 for the course ENSP 200 taught by Professor Coates during the Spring '09 term at Clemson.

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