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Chapter 1 Key Words

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Environment   The biological and physical surroundings in which any given living organism exist.  
Environmental Science   An interdisciplinary field of research that draws on the natural and social sciences and the humanities in order to understand the natural world and our relationship to it.  
Empirical Science   A scientific approach that investigates the natural world through systematic observation and experimentation.  
Applied Science   Research whose findings are used to help solve practical problems.  
Environmental Literacy   A basic understanding of how ecosystems function and of the impact of the impact of our choices on the environment.  
Trade-offs   The imperfect and sometimes problematic responses that use must at times choose between when addressing complex problems.  
Triple Bottom Line   The combination of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our choices.  


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