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ENVI 300 Environmental Issues. Dr. Ron Kaufmann Shiley Center 274 (x5904) Office Hrs: Mo 12:30-1:30, Tu 2:30-5:00, Fr 12:30-2:00 [email protected] [email protected] www.sandiego.edu /~kaufmann/envi300/envi300.html. First Assignment – Tell Me About Yourself. Name (given and nick)

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Envi 300 environmental issues

ENVI 300Environmental Issues

  • Dr. Ron Kaufmann

    • Shiley Center 274 (x5904)

    • Office Hrs: Mo 12:30-1:30, Tu 2:30-5:00, Fr 12:30-2:00

      • [email protected]

      • [email protected]

    • www.sandiego.edu/~kaufmann/envi300/envi300.html


Envi 300 environmental issues

First Assignment – Tell Me About Yourself

  • Name (given and nick)

  • Major(s)/minor(s)

  • Class standing (Jr, Sr, Super-Sr!)

  • Why taking this class?

  • Group/Presentation skills

  • E-mail address

  • Environmental issues – three most important


Envi 300 environmental issues

  • The Environmental Movement in the US

    • Some Major Players

      • John Muir (1838-1914)

        • Founder of Sierra Club

        • Called for preservation of natural wilderness

      • Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946)

        • First head of US Forest Service under T. Roosevelt

        • Staunch advocate of conservation

        • “Greatest good of the greatest number in the long run”

      • Aldo Leopold (1887-1948)

        • “Land Ethic”

        • Holistic management of wilderness

        • People responsible for maintaining environment and repairing damage


Envi 300 environmental issues

  • The Environmental Movement in the US

    • Some Major Players

      • Rachel Carson

        • “Silent Spring” (1962)

        • Described negative environmental impacts of pesticides

        • Galvanized modern environmental movement

      • Paul Ehrlich

        • “The Population Bomb” (1968)

        • Described potential environmental consequences of rapidly expanding human population

      • Garrett Hardin

        • “Tragedy of the Commons” (1968)

        • “Lifeboat Ethics” (1974)


Envi 300 environmental issues

  • The Environmental Movement in the US

    • Important Environmental Legislation and Events

      • 1970 – National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), EPA & OSHA formed, revised Clean Air Act (CAA), 1st Earth Day

      • 1972 – Clean Water Act (CWA), Ocean Dumping Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act; DDT banned in U.S.

      • 1973 – Endangered Species Act (ESA)

      • 1974 – Safe Drinking Water Act

      • 1976 – Toxic Substances Control Act, Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act

      • 1980 – Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act (CERCLA/Superfund)

      • 1987 – Montreal Protocol

      • 1990 – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

      • 1992 – UN Conference on Environment & Development (Earth Summit); Biodiversity Treaty

      • 1997 – Kyoto Protocol

      • 2005 – Kyoto Protocol came into effect


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