Humans and the Environment | Essentials of Environmental Science

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Welcome to our new special series about the essentials of environmental science
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What is “the environment”? Well, it’s everything, and it’s everywhere, including you and me. Just about every part of human civilization depends on a healthy and stable environment. Yet, human activity is causing pollution, climate change, and species loss, all of which disrupt that health and stability. So how do we study our environment in order to understand these changes and how we might fix them? That’s the purpose of environmental science.

Welcome to our new Learning series about the essentials of environmental science. We’ll have more from this series in the following videos, so stay tuned!

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