Week 8: Environment and Society (Part 1)

Environment and Society (Part 1):

Part one of Paul Robbins’ book, in collaboration with two other authors, analyzed key ways to interpret the environment and society relationship. One of the key concepts that is recurring  is the increasing human population and our interactions with the natural world. The topics covered in the first half of this book how humans deal with the environment, such as: consumption versus producing resources, economically beneficial environment, ethics and interpreting issues with our environment. It was an interesting read, because when I think of the environment I always think of them as mutually exclusive unless there was a problem that was human-caused, such as oil spills or deforestation. I think this book does a good job to shedding light on how humans view the environment and to how we, in our everyday actions, have negatively effected it. Especially in Chapter 8 how it ties environment to society and the tendency for people to understand and interpret environmental issues and processes through language, stories, and images that are often inherited through systems of media, government, education or industry. The way that our environmental issues can severely impact or encourage actions or behaviors that can have other environmental and social consequences.

Current Event

Insects, especially bees, help pollinate both food crops and wild plants. But pollinators are declining worldwide due to habitat loss, disease and exposure to pesticides, among other factors. Miyako, a chemist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, bought 10 kiwi-sized drones and taught himself to fly them and covered the bottom of the surviving drone with short horsehair, using electricity to make the hair stand up. Adding his gel made the horsehair work like bee fuzz.In tests so far, the drone has successfully pollinated Japanese lilies more than a third of the time, brushing up against one flower to collect pollen, then flying into another to knock the grains off, his team reports in the Feb. 9 Chem.

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