Chapter 1 Outline. Introduction to Environmental Science Historical Perspective/Development of Environmental Science Current Conditions A Divided World Sustainable Development Indigenous People Environmental Case Study Hetch Hetchy Valley Dow/UnionCarbide. Introduction.
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Parts of each stage persist today in the environmental movement.
Source: Holt Environmental Science, Arms, 2007
Long-term interests of civilization and the Earth itself
“In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rental car.”
Supply and Demand– The greater the demand for a limited resource, the higher the price.
The price paid from fine/clean up vs the potential profit.
Many ecologists view continual growth as impossible in the long run due to limits imposed by non-renewable resources and the capacity of the biosphere to absorb wastes.
Others argue that through the use of technology and social organization, we can manage to meet our needs and provide long-term (but not infinite) growth.
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