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nats 1840 “Science, Technology and the Environment” Carl Wolfe lecture notes

NATS 1840

Environmental Science & Thinking (UNIT 1)
Environment
– Everything that surrounds you, from just outside your skin to the edge of the universe.
– The environment consists of all those parts of the physical world that help to sustain life.
o If a part of the environment is under stress (a change), then its ability to sustain life may be threatened.
Environmental Science
– The study of how the environment works, and of humanity’s impact upon it.
o A science
o Interdisciplinary (draws upon many varieties of science knowledge)
o Both theoretical and applied science (understand the changes that take place and the causes of the
change)
Science

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