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ES 340 Environmental Policy

Credits: 3
  • ES 100 or ES 161 or GEOG 100

This course studies how institutions, interests and ideologies have shaped environmental policy, and examines the interaction of economic, cultural, and ecological factors in an integrated approach focused at the water-food-energy nexus. The use and misuse of scientific knowledge, methods, and research, and incorporation of indigenous/traditional knowledge will be addressed. Case studies will include local, national, and global environmental issues such as water quality and availability, agricultural production of food, feed, fiber and fuels; soil erosion, depletion, and degradation; depletion of stratospheric ozone; decrease of biodiversity; globalization of e-waste and waste cycles; and impacts of extractive industries such as mining and fossil fuel production.