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Biodiversity
The diversity of animals/organisms in a certain area.
Environment
Everything around an organism that may effect it's life.
Environment can be broken down into two categories: Abiotic and Biotic which mean...
Abiotic-non living factors; energy, light, temperature, pressure, moisture.
Biotic-living factors; predation, competition, symbiosis.
Ecosystem
Region in which organisms and the physical environment form an interacting unit.
Ecosystem approach
looks at the way the natural world is organized
Ecology
Scientific study of the relationships between organisms and their environment.
Environmentalism/ist
Concern for the environment. What can I do/not do to benefit the environment
Experimental Science
Experimental and scientific study of the effects of humans on their environment
Anthropocentric
Human centered-the world revolves around humans and their needs.
Biocentric
(Animal rights activists) All lifeforms have an inherent right to exist. Different levels of importance. ex: Cock Roach->Deer.
Ecocentric
Environment deserves direct moral consideration. Humans not master of nature but rather belong to it. Make decisions that benefit humans and animals.
Developmental Ethic
Assumes human race is, and should e, masters of nature
Preservation Ethic
preserve nature for future generations and work toward a balance of resources use and availability