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Environmental Problems their cause sustainability
What is the goal of environmental science
To study how the earth works, interaction and ways to deal with environmental problems.
The study that are important in the discipline of environmental science is
Ethics, Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Geology, Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Political Science, Engineering Economics.
The earth itself
What we doing to control the natural capital
Is the natural resource already within earth.
resource replenished in days to serveral hundred years through natural processes example
Solar engery/ wind/ geothermal/ hydroelectricity
Three principle of sustainablility
1. Life depends on solar energy
2. Biodiversity provides natural services
3. Chemical/ nutrient cycling means that there is little waste in nature
ability of earths various systems
including human cultural systems and economies to survive and adapt to changing environmental conditions indefinitely.
The highest rate of which a renewable and non-renewable resource can be used indefinitely w/o reducing its available supply.
Tragedy of the commons refers to
degtradation of openly shared resource
The amount of bilogically productive land & water needed to supply a person with renewable resource and to recycle the waste and pollution produced by such resource use.
Four Basic Cause of enviornmental problems
1. Population growth
2. Unstainable resource use
4. Excluding environmental cost from market prices
The world reach a population of
7 billion in 2011
Categorize developed countries vs developing countries.
Developed countries include those with high income developing countries include those to low income.