A scientific study of the natural world and how it is influenced by people. Major topics include: food, energy, human population, biodiversity and global change.
Environmental science is the study of patterns and processes in the natural world and their modification by human activity. To understand current environmental problems, we need to consider physical, biological and 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 will survey 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 and the amount and types of resources that they use. By applying scientific principles and considering real-world examples, we will examine:
1. The field of environmental science and how to think like an environmental scientist.
2. The human population and the ways in which changes in the population affect the environment.
3. Agriculture, soils and the environmental implications of eating meat, vegetables, local, organic, sustainable, industrial and other types of food.
4. Non-renewable fossil fuels with a focus on coal, petroleum and natural gas and the benefits and consequences of using each.
5. Renewable fuels such as wind and solar and identify that even renewable “green” energy sources have impacts as well as benefits.
6. Biodiversity and global change, which are the integrating units of environmental science.
Depuis le premier Sommet de la Terre (1972) et le fameux rapport Brundtland (1987), les notions d'environnement et de développement durable renvoient toutes deux à des questions socialement vives. Le changement climatique, la transition énergétique, la préservation de la biodiversité, la réduction des inégalités et de la pauvreté constituent de véritables enjeux de société. Nous ne pouvons plus rester indifférents à de tels évènements.
Living Space Baltic Sea will introduce you to the various aspects of the Baltic Sea, its geography, ecosystems and environmental problems. You will also take a glance on various solutions to Baltic Sea environmental challenges.
How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change.
Find out how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ. Climate change is the biggest global challenge the human race has ever faced. Our insatiable demand for energy from fossil fuels is changing the atmosphere, and in turn changing our climate. Climate change is already affecting the physical surface of the earth, the environment that provides our life support, our food supply, economy and society. These changes will accelerate over the next few decades
In this subject you will explore the impacts of climate change; why we should care about them, the science that underpins our understanding and how we can fix the problem before it’s too late.
Cleaning up the large number of groundwater contamination sites is a significant and complex environmental challenge. The environmental industry is continuously looking for remediation methods that are both effective and cost-efficient. Over the past 10 years there have been amazing, important developments in our understanding of key attenuation processes and technologies for evaluating natural attenuation processes, and a changing institutional perspective on when and where Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) may be applied.
This course will provide you with an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today. You will gain insight into how challenges have changed over time, we will discuss the likely determinants of such changes and examine future projections. Successful international strategies and programs promoting human health will be highlighted and global health governance structures will be mapped and the role of the key actors explored.