nats 1840 “Science, Technology and the Environment” Carl Wolfe lecture notes
Environmental Science & Thinking (UNIT 1)
– 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.
– 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