Intro to Environmental Science | DartmouthX on edX | Course About Video

Intro to Environmental Science | DartmouthX on edX | Course About Video


ANDY FRIEDLAND: In the 1960s, there
were three billion people on earth. Today, there are 7.2 billion
inhabitants impacting the natural world. We all require air, water, food,
energy, and other resources. But people in different countries impact
the environment in different ways. People in the developed world tend
to use more fossil fuel energy and other resources
that potentially cause greater harm to the natural environment. While the human population in the
developed world has stopped growing, the population in the developing
world continues to grow. Which environmental
problems are real and which ones are blown out of proportion? Can we do anything as individuals
to reduce environmental harm or is everything in the hands
of governments and corporations? I’m Andy Friedland, Professor of
Environmental Science at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire
in the United States. Join me as we explore the
field of environmental science and gain an understanding of human
population dynamics, agriculture and soils, fossil fuel and
renewable energies, and biodiversity and global change. We’ll examine these and
other issues and visit a variety of locations, where we
will experience environmental science first hand. The course is introduction
to environmental science. I hope you’ll join us.

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