Anjali- Environmental Science

Anjali- Environmental Science - Chapter 1 Utilitarian...

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Chapter 1: Utilitarian Justification - An argument for the conservation of nature on the grounds that the environment, an ecosystem, habitat, or species, provides individuals with direct economic benefit or is directly necessary to their survival. Sustainability - Management of natural resources and the environment with the goals of allowing the harvest of resources to remain at or above some specified level, and the ecosystem to retain its functions and structure. Precautionary Principle - The idea that in spite of the fact that full scientific certainty is often not available to prove cause and effect, we should still take cost-effective precautions to solve environmental problems where there exists a threat of potential serious and/or irreversible environmental damage. Sustainable Ecosystem - An ecosystem that is subject to some human use, but at a level that leads to no loss of species or of necessary ecosystem functions. Aesthetic Justification - An argument for the conservation of nature on the grounds that nature is beautiful and that beauty is important and valuable to people. Moral Justification - An argument for the conservation of the nature on the grounds that aspects of the environment have a right to exist, independent of human desires, and that it is our moral obligation to allow them to continue or to help them persist.
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Gaia Hypothesis - The Gaia Hypothesis states that the surface environment of Earth, with respect to such factors as the atmospheric composition of reactive gases (for example, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and methane), the acidity-alkalinity of waters, and the surface temperature, are actively regulated by the sensing, growth, metabolism, and other
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