02_Sustainability - IB 105 Environmental Biology...

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IB 105 Environmental Biology Introduction to ecological principles in relation to understanding environmental problems.
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Meet in 176 Burrill Hall. Activities due before class on IB105 Moodle site: https://moodle.life.illinois.edu/login/index.php Discussion sections start meeting this week
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Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt Washington University, St. Louis “Preference and proteins: Understanding resource use of pollinators for conservation” Monday, January 23, 4:00 pm B102 CLSL Auditorium Additional Resources: campus seminars
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17 January 2012 White-nose syndrome ravages North America bat numbers. At least 5.7 million bats across 16 US states and Canada have died from White-nose syndrome, scientists studying the fungal ailment say. The disease was first detected in a cave in New York state in 2006. Bats with White-nose syndrome exhibit odd behaviour such as flying outside during the day. Officials say bats provide value to the US economy as natural pest control. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16605016
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January 23, 2012 Sustainability Lecture Objectives: 2. Understand the concept of Sustainable Development 3. Learn the five characteristics that define sustainability 1. Define the field of Environmental Science
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Interdisciplinary What is environmental science?
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Do you want: the air you breathe to be clean? the water you drink to be unpolluted? the food you eat to be healthy? not to be exposed to toxic wastes? Why study Environmental Science? Environment affects human quality of life Humans cause problems for the natural world
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Human impacts on the natural world
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Sustainable Development Viability of natural resources over time, and the maintenance of human living standards and economic growth. Sustainable Development Meets present needs without compromising ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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Three schools of thought on the best way to achieve Sustainable Development: No need for change in fundamental economic policy 1) Economic growth is necessary to finance pollution prevention. Environmental issues are a matter of setting priorities
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