Environmental Studies

Environmental studies is a multi-dimensional subject which analyzes the ecological, economic and social facets present in the environment and their influence upon the natural world. This field of study is very interdisciplinary and often overlaps with other scientific disciplines such as biology, ecology and geography.

A major focus in the field of environmental studies is on the local and global environmental problems which are plaguing the Earth today. Environmental degradation is a paramount issue in the twenty-first century and the need for mitigation techniques is critical. Human civilization has and continues to have an enormous impact on the environment, and thus, subject areas such as environmental policy are important for trying to regulate human behaviour.

Research is another large component of environmental studies and involves the participation of individuals from an array of disciplines. This includes ecologists, sociologists and mathematicians to name a few examples. Research is critical to analyzing the influence of anthropogenic factors on the environment so that human-induced degradation can be prevented. Natural processes cannot be eliminated and thus, focusing on how to reduce our human footprint is imperative.

Environmental studies includes a multitude of subjects such as sustainability, conservation, restoration and environmental toxicology, which all aim to improve and protect the environment. In an ideal world, the living and non-living worlds would be in harmony with one another. Unfortunately, this is not the case today. However, hopefully through further research within this field, this environmental harmony will one day be achieved. 



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Categories within Environmental Studies

Environmental Policy

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Environmental policy deals with the regulations and laws which are related to various environmental issues.

Conservation and Restoration

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Conservation and restoration is a concept which deals with the preservation of the physical environment, along with improving facets of the natural world.

Climate Change

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Climate change is a term used to describe a shift in long-term weather patterns which result from both anthropogenic and natural causes.

Environmental Assessment

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An environmental assessment involves the evaluation of the influence which a potential or proposed project may exhibit upon the environment.

Environmental Toxicology

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Environmental toxicology is a type of hybrid science which studies the chemical effects that toxins can inflict upon an environment and the organisms which exist within it.

Agriculture and Global Food Security

Postings: 40

Agriculture and global food security are two interconnected topics, with agriculture focused on the science of farming and food security on the accessibility of food.

Global Water Issues

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Global water issues is an overarching term used to describe the availability, degradation and uses of this global resource within the world.


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Sustainability is a concept which is founded upon the existence and balance of economic, environmental and social sustainability, which are also known as the “pillars” of sustainability.

Energy and the Environment

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Energy and the environment is a topic which discusses the various forms of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and the influence each entity has on one another.

Environmental Ethics

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Environmental ethics is a broad area of study which infringes upon the ideas of law and philosophy and applies them to the interaction between the living and nonliving worlds.

Environmental History

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Environmental history defines past events and documents the activities of individuals which illustrated the importance of protecting the environment from both natural and anthropogenic influences.


Help me on this as this is preparing me for my future use. Appreciate the help. Describe the current governmental approach to mitigating (controlling) the climate Change problem. Choose two Asian countries. Contrast the mitigation programs of the two countries. How effective are the climate Change programs? Why or why

Climate Change Regulations

1. What is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)? • Introduction • Objective/Purpose • Conclusion summarizing What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? • Introduction • Objective/Purpose • Conclusion summarizing What are the major scientific facts in the IPCC

Describing what it means to be human

What does it mean to be human? In APA-style format, write a 2 page paper with references that: 1. Describes the details of the topic 2. Explains why you chose this particular topic 3. Describe how the topic relates to Biodiversity and Evolution 4. Details how a changing environment may have had an effect on the organism

Population control in China and India

Effectively communicate and use scientific evidence regarding human impact on the environment with emphasis on sustainability and global citizenship (about 5 pages double spaced). Topic: Compare and contrast China's and India's efforts at slowing their population growth.

Applying the First and Second Law of Thermodynamics

Provide an explanation of the meaning of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Then using the second law, explain why a barrel of oil can be used only once as a fuel source, why can we not recycle high-quality energy resources.

Comparing PETA and the WWF Organizations

Please answer the following: - What is the mission statement of each organization? Is each organization a grassroots group, nonprofit organization, trade association or professional society? - When was each organization founded? How many members are associated with the organizations? - What environmental issues does each org

Erosion and Mass Wasting

I have the following task, and I need some help getting started: Write a response about: the importance of wind as an agent of erosion, and explain why statements that credit wind as having sculpted the landscape are probably inaccurate. Also comment on how climate influences mass wasting, and why might arid climates experience

Air pollution and public health

A. Explain the public health significance of air pollution episodes. B. Explain why despite significant control efforts, air pollution episodes continue to occur in developed countries

Energy Emissions and Pollutants

1. The wind blows across State A and into State B in the United States. State A has fossil fuel -burning power plants, but relatively low level air pollution. State B has power plants run by hydroelectric plants, but higher level of pollution. You are an environmental consultant. You and your firm were hired to study and reso

Stewardship and sustainability in managing natural resources

Part 1 How can human societies use the concepts of stewardship and sustainability to manage natural resources? Give 2 examples. Explain how this might be done. Part 2 Read the article in the Web Resources by Rhett Butler, Deforestation in the Amazon. Do you feel that good stewardship and sustainable use of resources

Discussion of global warming and sound science

What are Greenhouse gases? List 3 greenhouse gases. What are the sources of these? Summarize and defend your opinion either for, against, or undecided about Global Warming. What is Sound Science? Does it support your opinion of Theory of Global Warming? Explain your answer. List 3 things that can be done to reduce carbon emis

Municipal Solid Waste

1) Review the history of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). 2) Describe an open dump and explain the environmental problems. 3) Describe an early landfill. What are the problems associated with early landfills? Include a discussion of leachate, methane, incomplete decomposition and settling. 4) Describe a modern landfill. Wha

Water Pollution and Eutrophication

In regards to water pollution, please answer the following questions: 1. Define Eutrophication 2. Discuss the causes and sources of Eutrophication. 3. Discuss impacts due to the pollution issue both on the natural environment/ecosystems and human populations. What are some solutions to mitigate the problem?

Emergency Management Institute

Are you family with Emergency Management Institute? ( http://www.training.fema.gov/EMI/ ) This agency is used to train individuals in the intricacies of emergency management. After taking a look at the site, can you tell me how you would use this organization as a hospital administrator? In addition, What are the roles of the

Tragedy of the Commons

As a writing project, please look up "the tragedy of the commons" but specifically for the purpose of finding a critique of what you think it means to you. Many people today feel this is not an accurate view, and was developed partly in order to justify individual control and private ownership of resources, especially land. Ple

Global Food Trade

Explain the benefit of global food trade to developing nations and developed (wealthy) nations. Explain the benefits and drawbacks of buying locally grown foods. If you had a choice to buy granny smith apples would you buy them locally or globally? Why?

Environmental Waste

In 2012, the U.S produced over 250 million tons of garbage. One component of this waste consisted of oil based plastic bags, which are utilized excessively by grocers, restaurants, and stores nationwide. In order to reduce this source of waste, many countries are banning plastic bags or taxing customers for their uses. What a

Alternative Energy Solutions and their Barriers to Implementation

In Contemporary Environmental Issues, there is concern about us reaching a peak in oil production. What two alternatives to oil that are currently available and what barriers keep these alternatives from replacing oil as our primary means of energy? Additionally, what two sources, discuss the role that government plays in ensuri

When Society as a whole approach the environmental economics as common grounds, individual self interest takes over, not for the good of all. These are terms that demonstrate how this happens and how our society have put them in place for exploiting the natural world for personal gain.

Write summary or paragraph for the following: 1. Ecocide Then research the following terms also, and write a paragraph on each:show how these terms are used to transform out concept of the environment, and allowed it to be defined by those who would exploit the natural world for personal gain. 2. Tragedy of the Commons

Environmental Science Law - CERCLA

As an environmental worker, the environmental laws in your area interest you greatly. Please describe for the CERCLA act, - The date that the CERCLA act was enacted - The provisions of the law, what it is essentially - A little background for the act - who initiated it? How did it come to be passed by government? - Where

Kimptons earth program

List at least three economic benefits Kimpton expects to receive from its EarthCare Program. Explain whether or not you think Kimpton has achieved these benefits.

Developing an EMS

In addition to legal requirements and significant environmental aspects, what else should a company consider when developing its EMS

Continuous Improvement: ISO14000

What is meant by continuous improvement as it relates to ISO14000. Does there ever come a time when further improvement is not technically or economically feasible?