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the comprehensive science of the relationship of the organism to the environment
The physical, living and non-living, surrounding of a society with which it has a reciprocal relationship
Environmental quality
Relative and relational concept. The concept of quality added environmental functions with a quality at a level in which the function fully/sufficiently satisfied.
How is quality assessed?
By comparing the actual and the standard.
the level at which a quantity satisfies the function it is expected to satisfy.
Environmental science
the study of man-made environmental problems
Environmental problems
well known- lack of public familiarity - only by specific (scientific) community.
Recognition of problems depends on: robust evidency, level of pick up of policy makers and society. In order to turn facts into an environmental problem recognition is needed on the societal level.
Club of Rome:
The Limits to Growth focused mionds on the inescapably finite nature of non-renewable resources and the impossible marriage of exponential growth and sustainability in a finite world. SEE IMPLICATIONS IN NOTES.
I = P * A * T
I =
P = population or population growth
A = affluence, or a measure of individual or collective welfare (indicator GDP, good or services per capita)
T = the environmental impact per unit of A reflecting the technological performance.
Kuznets curve
A Kuznets curve is the graphical representation of Simon Kuznets' hypothesis that as a country develops, there is a natural cycle of economic inequality driven by market forces which at first increases inequality, and then decreases it after a certain average income is attained.[2]
Ecological footprint analysis
is an accounting tool which enables us to estimate the resource consumption and waste assimilation requirements of a defined human population or economy in terms of a corresponding productive land area.
Amoeba approach
a visualization in which the actual situation of a certain system is compared with a reference after having been measured in a number of indicators.