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Dartmouth College

Introduction to Environmental Science

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To understand current environmental problems, we need to consider physical, biological & chemical processes that are often the basis of those problems. This course will give you the skills necessary to address the environmental issues we are facing today by examining scientific principles and the application of those principles to natural systems. This course surveys some of the many environmental science topics at an introductory level, ultimately considering the sustainability of human activities on the planet. Environmental impacts on Earth come from the number of people & the amount and types of resources that they use. By applying scientific principles and considering real-world examples, we will examine: The field of environmental science and how to think like an environmental scientist The human population and the ways in which changes in the population affect the environment Agriculture, soils and the environmental implications of eating meat, vegetables, local, organic, sustainable, industrial and other types of food Non-renewable fossil fuels with a focus on coal, petroleum & natural gas and the benefits + consequences of using each Renewable fuels such as wind and solar and identify that even renewable “green” energy sources have impacts as well as benefits Biodiversity and global change, which are the integrating units of environmental science


Course 1: Environmental Science
- Offered by Dartmouth College. The Introduction to Environmental Science course explores the field of environmental science and encourages ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Population, Food, and Soil
- Offered by Dartmouth College. This course explores the population-environment relationship. In this course, you will learn about the human ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Energy and Environment
- Offered by Dartmouth College. This course deals with both renewable and non-renewable energy. By applying scientific principles and ... Enroll for free.


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Andy Friedland


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