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CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION: SUSTAINABILITY, STEWARDSHIP AND SOUND SCIENCE I. The Global Environmental Picture. What are we facing? a) Population growth and increasing consumption per person. b) Degradation of soils. c) Global atmospheric changes. d) Loss of biodiversity. Fig. 1.5 World population started a rapid growth phase in the early 1800s and has grown sixfold in the last 200 years. It continues to grow by nearly 88 million people per year.
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Fig. 1.7 The zero baseline represents the 1950D1980 global average. Note the cooling effect of the Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, volcanic eruption in 1991. Global temperatures quickly recovered setting a new record in 1995. II. Three Unifying Themes: Having a long-term relationship with the natural world.
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A. What is Sustainability? 1. Sustainability can be defined differently depending upon the individual's perspective. a. Economist's definition: Will growth be sustained? Is the process efficient? Are resources being wasted? b. Ecologist's definition: Is the ecosystem sustainable? Are we using resources at a rate that is faster than can be produced in nature? c. Sociologist's definition: Are the social structures sustainable? Is there social cohesion? Are resources distributed in a manner that is socially sustainable? 2. What is Sustainable Development?
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a. Like the definition of sustainability, sustainable development differs by perspective. b. Some individuals believe that sustainable development is an oxymoron. These
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