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Air

Air  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0006
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Why is clean air important? Each person takes in more than three thousand gallons of air a day to stay alive. The quality of that air is key to good health. Moreover, polluted air ... More
Avoiding the Worst Impacts

Avoiding the Worst Impacts  

Joseph Romm

in Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Published in Print: 
09 January 2022
Series: 
What Everyone Needs to Know
Published Online: 
26 January 2022
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780197647127.003.0004
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This chapter will examine the 2°C warming target. It will explain why the major governments and scientific associations have embraced it as the limit for minimizing/avoiding ... More
Beyond Hydrofracking

Beyond Hydrofracking  

Alex Prud’Homme

in Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
12 December 2013
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199311262.003.0012
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The shale gas industry is still in its adolescence. And as adolescents are wont to do, it presents us with a dilemma: while the energy supplies in shale are too important to overlook, the ... More
The Built Environment

The Built Environment  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0010
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What is the built environment? The term “built environment” refers to the places that people have designed and constructed for living, working, and recreation. It includes homes, ... More
The Case Against Hydrofracking

The Case Against Hydrofracking  

Alex Prud’Homme

in Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
12 December 2013
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199311262.003.0009
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Hydrofracturing is not a gentle process. Sucking oil and gas from dense shale formations involves drilling, explosions, toxic chemicals, and millions of gallons of water pumped at crushing ... More
The Case for Hydrofracking

The Case for Hydrofracking  

Alex Prud’Homme

in Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
12 December 2013
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199311262.003.0008
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Who Benefits? Many have profited financially from hydrofracking, from George Mitchell, who made billions of dollars by inventing “slickwater” fracturing, to truck drivers in North ... More
Climate Change

Climate Change  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0008
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What is climate change? Climate change means long-term changes in atmospheric conditions—including temperature, wind patterns, and precipitation. Although climate fluctuations such ... More
Climate Change and You

Climate Change and You  

Joseph Romm

in Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Published in Print: 
09 January 2022
Series: 
What Everyone Needs to Know
Published Online: 
26 January 2022
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780197647127.003.0007
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This chapter will explore some of the more personal questions that climate change raises for individuals and their families. How will climate change impact ... More
Climate Politics and Policies

Climate Politics and Policies  

Joseph Romm

in Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Published in Print: 
09 January 2022
Series: 
What Everyone Needs to Know
Published Online: 
26 January 2022
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780197647127.003.0005
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This chapter will explain the most commonly used or discussed climate policies around the world. It will also explore some of the issues involving climate politics. ... More
Climate Science Basics

Climate Science Basics  

Joseph Romm

in Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Published in Print: 
09 January 2022
Series: 
What Everyone Needs to Know
Published Online: 
26 January 2022
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780197647127.003.0001
Format: 
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This chapter focuses on climate science as it applies to what science can tell us about the changes we have observed to date and what caused them. The goal is to answer the key ... More
Ecosystems

Ecosystems  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0007
Format: 
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What is an ecosystem? The environment is often seen as made up of distinct parts operating more or less independently of each other. Viewed this way, protecting the environment ... More
Energy In Context: A Fossil Fuel PrimerWhat, How, and Where?

Energy In Context: A Fossil Fuel Primer: What, How, and Where?  

Alex Prud’Homme

in Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
12 December 2013
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199311262.003.0003
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What Are Fossil Fuels? Buried deep in the earth are the remnants of earlier life forms—hundreds of millennia of rotting vegetation, decaying animals, and marine plankton. Today ... More
Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0011
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How is justice a part of environmental protection? A safe, healthy environment is considered by many to be a basic human right. Like any goal embraced and implemented in various ... More
Environmental Laws

Environmental Laws  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0003
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What is environmental law in the United States? In the United States environmental law consists of laws enacted by Congress and by state legislatures to address environmental ... More
Environmental ProtectionAn Introduction

Environmental Protection: An Introduction  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0001
Format: 
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What is the environment? Various materials and conditions, some natural and some made by humans, affect life on earth. Taken together, they form the environment. Sunlight is part ... More
Environmental Protection and the Economy

Environmental Protection and the Economy  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0012
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Are environmental protection and economic growth compatible? Without doubt, economic growth has put an enormous strain on the environmental resources that power it. In fact, the ... More
Environmental Protection and the Global Community

Environmental Protection and the Global Community  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0004
Format: 
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Is protecting the environment a global concern? Yes, and this is a relatively recent development, roughly tracking the modern environmental movement of the late twentieth century. ... More
Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Extreme Weather and Climate Change  

Joseph Romm

in Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Published in Print: 
09 January 2022
Series: 
What Everyone Needs to Know
Published Online: 
26 January 2022
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780197647127.003.0002
Format: 
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Extreme weather is the earliest manifestation of climate change that most people will be exposed to. This chapter will focus on what science tells us about the remarkable spate ... More
The Future

The Future  

Pamela Hill

in Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
25 May 2017
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190223069.003.0013
Format: 
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What are the greatest threats to the environment today? We all should be deeply concerned about our planet as we move further into the twenty-first century. Even though the science ... More
The Future of FrackingToday and Tomorrow

The Future of Fracking: Today and Tomorrow  

Alex Prud’Homme

in Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
12 December 2013
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199311262.003.0011
Format: 
chapter
There is now a great deal of research and assessment being done on hydrofracking by government agencies, the industry, academics, inventors, and environmentalists, and the fruits of their ... More

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