Lecture 1 Intro to Sustainability

Lecture 1 Intro to Sustainability - Welcome to Resources,...

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Welcome to Resources, Environment and Sustainability in a Material Society
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Environmental Geology Geology definition : • the science of the process related to the composition, structure and history of earth and its life • interdisciplinary science- chemistry, physics, biology Environmental Geology definition : • applied geology • where geological information is used to solve land use issues, minimize degradation, predict and possibly mitigate natural hazards, etc.
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Links: Geology and our Environment Measure of Human Environmental Impact I=P+A+T
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Fundamental Concepts in Resources, Environment and Sustainability 1. Human Population Growth 2. Sustainability 3. Systems and Change 4. Hazardous Natural Earth Processes, Risk Assessment and Perception 5. Scientific Knowledge and Values
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Population History 40,000-9,000 B.C. 1p / 100 km 2 2x 700,000 yrs 9,000 B.C.-1600 A.D. 1p / 3 km 2 2x 2,300 yrs 1600-1800 A.D. 7p / km 2 2x 700 yrs 1800-2000 A.D. 40 p / km 2 2x 50 yrs Concept 1: The Population Bomb! Currently: ~6.6 billion ~80 million/yr 1.4% annually Concept 1: Population
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Concept 1: Population
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