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Environmental Science

species a group of organisms that have a unique set of characteristics that distinguish them from all other organisms and, for organisms that reproduce sexually, can mate and produce fertile offspring.
ecosystem is a set of organisms within a defined area or volume that interact with one another and with their environment of nonliving matter and energy.
environmentalism a social movement dedicated to protecting the earth’s life-support systems for all forms of life.
three overarching science-based themes to the long-term sustainability of life on this planet solar energy, biodiversity, and chemical cycling
tragedy of the commons Depletion or degradation of a potentially renewable resource to which people have free and unmanaged access. See common-property resource, open access renewable resource.
Bio­diversity the astounding variety of different organisms, the natural systems in which they exist and interact, and the natural services that these organisms and living systems provide free of charge
Chemical cycling (also referred to as nutrient cycling) is the circulation of chemicals from the environment (mostly from soil and water) through organisms and back to the environment, it is necessary for life. Natural processes keep this cycle going, and the earth receives no new supplies of these chemicals.
sustainability Ability of earth's various systems, including human cultural systems and economies, to survive and adapt to changing environmental conditions indefinitely.
environmental ethics Human beliefs about what is right or wrong with how we treat the environment.
environmental wisdom worldview Worldview holding that humans are part of and totally dependent on nature and that nature exists for all species, not just for us. Our success depends on learning how the earth sustains itself and integrating such environmental wisdom into the ways we think and act.
Created by: brimos