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Env. Science

Chapter 2

TermDefinition
Environmental Science a branch of Biology which is focused on the study or the relationships of the natural world and their environment
System A set of connected things
Environmentalist a person who is concerned with or advocates for the protection of the environment
ecosystem a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment
Environmental Studies is a multi-disciplinary academic field which systematically studies human interaction with the environment
ecosystem services are regularly involved in the provisioning of clean drinking water and the decomposition of wastes.
environmental indicators states or describes the environments
sustainable able to be maintained
biodiversity a variety of life in the world in a particular habitat or ecosystem
species a group of organisms consisting of similar indicators capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding
specification an act of describing or identifying something precisely or of stating a precise requirement
background extinction rate refers to the standard rate of extinction in the earth's geological and biological history before humans became a primary contributor to extinctions
greenhouse gases a gas that contributes to to the greenhouse effect
anthropogenic chiefly of environmental pollution (and pollutant 5 ) originating in human activity
development the process of developing or being developed
sustainable development economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources
biophilia the biophilia hypothesis suggests that human possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life
ecological footprint the impact the impact of a person or community on the environment
Null hypotesis the hypothesis that there is no significant difference between specified populations
replication the action of reproducing something
sample size the act of choosing the number of observations or replicates to include in a statistical sample
accuracy correct or precise
precision exact or accurate
inductive reasoning is a logical process in which multiple premises all believed true or found true most of the time.
deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is based on the concordance of multiple premises that are generally assumed to be true
critical thinking the objective analysis and evaluation or an issue
theory a supposition or system of ideas
natural law a body of unchanging moral principles
control group group in an experiment or study
environmental justice fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race
Created by: tacraw74