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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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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