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Biodiversity Consortium Kruger World 1 Raw Data

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Raw census data from the Biodiversity Consortium Courseware Unit 'Kruger World', with additional information on the sampling methods used to census the ungulates of Kruger National Park. Also covers some background information on indices and models. Should be used in conjunction with 'Measuring Ecological Diversity'.

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bioukoer | ukoer | biodiversity | census | survey | data | statistics | fieldwork | habitats | biodiversity indices | mammals | diversity models | species | species richness | shannon index | ungulates | ecology | africa | biodiversity consortium | kruger world | worlds and ecosystems | kruger | kruger national park | Biological sciences | C000

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Kruger World

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Background information is also provided on the habitats and mammalian fauna of the Kruger National Park.

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bioukoer | ukoer | biodiversity | fieldwork | census | survey | data | ecology | statistics | biodiversity indices | diversity models | species richness | species | mammals | ungulates | habitats | carnivores | simulation | field guide | identification | taxonomy | classification | africa | kruger | kruger world | biodiversity consortium | worlds and ecosystems | shannon index | Biological sciences | C000

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Kruger World 6 : Surveying the Mammals of Kruger

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You can interactively sample various habitats in the Kruger National Park, and obtain counts of the different ungulates present. These data can then be used to plot a variety of different diversity indices and abundance models. Full instructions for this sampling program are available in the courseware unit and should be consulted before use.

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ukoer | bioukoer | biodiversity | fieldwork | census | survey | data | ecology | statistics | biodiversity indices | diversity models | species richness | species | mammals | ungulates | simulation | carnivores | field guide | biodiversity consortium | africa | kruger | kruger world | worlds and ecosystems | shannon index | Biological sciences | C000

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Lichen World 2 : Lichen Biology and Surveying

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Background information is supplied on the lichens and lichen communities sampled. Full instructions for the sampling program are provided in the courseware unit and should be consulted before use.

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bioukoer | ukoer | biodiversity | fieldwork | census | survey | data | ecology | statistics | biology | biodiversity indices | diversity models | species richness | species | habitats | simulation | species cards | taxonomy | classification | identification | lichens | fungi | gravestones | churchyards | pollution | biological monitors | biodiversity consortium | worlds and ecosystems | shannon index | lichen world | uk | england | yorkshire | Biological sciences | C000

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Lichen World 3 : Raw Data

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Background information is supplied on the area of Yorkshire and the churchyards where the original study was carried out.

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bioukoer | ukoer | biodiversity | fieldwork | census | survey | data | ecology | statistics | species richness | habitats | lichens | fungi | gravestones | churchyards | biodiversity indices | diversity models | pollution | biological monitors | biodiversity consortium | worlds and ecosystems | lichen world | uk | england | yorkshire | shannon index | Biological sciences | C000

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Biodiversity Consortium : Measuring Ecological Diversity 1 : full version

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Ecological diversity can also be measured over a range of spatial scales.

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bioukoer | ukoer | biodiversity | ecology | species | biodiversity indices | abundance models | diversity models | log series model | survey | sampling | fieldwork | diversity | alpha diversity | beta diversity | gamma diversity | epsilon diversity | plant diversity | animal diversity | spatial diversity | measuring | habitats | species richness | biodiversity consortium | worlds and ecosystems | species and systematics | shannon index | shannon-weiner index | simpson index | broken stick | Biological sciences | C000

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Biodiversity Consortium : Measuring Ecological Diversity 3 : Measuring Abundance and Diversity

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This package looks at how you measure ecological diversity at the regional level, and tackles more general questions relatinv to the various diversity indices and abundance models available. This package looks at species richness, relative abundance plots, diversity indices as well as covering such issues as sampling effort and the practical implications of using these statistical tests in applied ecology.

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ukoer | bioukoer | biodiversity | ecology | species | sampling effort | biodiversity indices | diversity models | species richness | broken stick | log series model | sampling | applied ecology | survey | fieldwork | measuring | diversity | biodiversity consortium | species and systematics | worlds and ecosystems | shannon index | Biological sciences | C000

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Biodiversity Consortium : Measuring Ecological Diversity 4 : Sampling Spatial Diversity

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This package looks at the spatial scales of diversity, i.e. point, alpha, beta, gamma and epsilon as well as looking at turnover diversity.

Subjects

bioukoer | ukoer | ecology | species | biodiversity | biodiversity indices | sampling | point diversity | alpha diversity | beta diversity | gamma diversity | epsilon diversity | spatial diversity | measuring | biodiversity consortium | worlds and ecosystems | species and systematics | Biological sciences | C000

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12.517 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Complexity in Ecology (MIT) 12.517 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Complexity in Ecology (MIT)

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In this class we will critically review both classical works and recent literature on complexity in ecology. The emphasis will be on developing quantitative theories in the context of experimental and observational data. We will meet twice weekly for roundtable discussions. In this class we will critically review both classical works and recent literature on complexity in ecology. The emphasis will be on developing quantitative theories in the context of experimental and observational data. We will meet twice weekly for roundtable discussions.

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complex systems | complex systems | length and time scales | length and time scales | Ecology biodiversity | Ecology biodiversity | ecosystem stability | ecosystem stability | environmental fluctuations | environmental fluctuations | speciation | speciation | extinction | extinction

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Kruger World 3 : Overview

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This package provides background information to the Kruger National Park in terms of its ecology. This could then be used either in conjunction with a fieldguide on Kruger's wildlife or could be used as a partner to a course on Kruger's botanical wealth.

Subjects

ukoer | bioukoer | biodiversity | fieldwork | census | survey | ecology | species richness | species | habitats | biodiversity consortium | worlds and ecosystems | africa | kruger | kruger world | Biological sciences | C000

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Kruger World 5 : Field Guide

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This Biodiversity Consortium package provides a field guide to the large mammals of Kruger National Park.

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bioukoer | ukoer | biodiversity | fieldwork | ecology | biology | species | mammals | ungulates | carnivores | field guide | identification | taxonomy | classification | biodiversity consortium | species and systematics | africa | kruger | kruger world | Biological sciences | C000

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Lichen World 1 : Lichen Biology

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This package provides background information on lichens and lichen communities, using examples from the larger 'Lichen World' full version to illustrate lichen ecology studies.

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bioukoer | ukoer | biodiversity | biology | lichens | fungi | classification | taxonomy | identification | pollution | biological monitors | ecology | census | survey | fieldwork | species richness | biodiversity consortium | worlds and ecosystems | lichen world | united kingdom | england | Biological sciences | C000

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Biodiversity Consortium : Measuring Ecological Diversity 2 : Components of Ecological Diversity

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Ecological diversity can also be measured over a range of spatial scales.

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bioukoer | ukoer | ecology | species | biodiversity | habitats | diversity | spatial diversity | conservation | biodiversity consortium | species and systematics | worlds and ecosystems | Biological sciences | C000

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Biodiversity Consortium_KrugerWorld_ORP_1_raw_data

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Raw data for a mammalian census of Kruger National Park, separated into habitat. Data can be uploaded to excel for statistical analysis. Also contains background information on biodiversity indices and models. Web pages which should run on any pc / mac / VLE with javascript enabled

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biodiversity | bioukoer | census | data | fieldwork | habitats | indices | mammals | models | statistics | ukoer | africa | biodiversity consortium | kruger | krugerworld | world_suite | Biological Sciences | Biological sciences | C000

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Eutrophication Eutrophication

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Managing eutrophication is a key element in maintaining the earths biodiversity. Eutrophication is a process mostly associated with human activity whereby ecosystems accumulate minerals. This free course explains how this process occurs, what its effects on different types of habitat are, and how it might be managed. First published on Tue, 22 Mar 2016 as Eutrophication. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2016 Managing eutrophication is a key element in maintaining the earths biodiversity. Eutrophication is a process mostly associated with human activity whereby ecosystems accumulate minerals. This free course explains how this process occurs, what its effects on different types of habitat are, and how it might be managed. First published on Tue, 22 Mar 2016 as Eutrophication. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2016

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Environmental Science | Environmental Science | biodiversity | biodiversity | phytoplankton | phytoplankton | ecosystem | ecosystem | algae | algae | nitrogen | nitrogen | phosphorus | phosphorus | S216_1 | S216_1

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OxPeace 2013: Peacebuilding through Biodiversity: Session 2B Environmental Peacebuilding

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Chris Naylor, A Rocha, gives a talk for the OxPeace 2013 conference: The Future of Peace Building. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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biodiversity | peace | Environment | building peace | oxpeace | war | conflict | biodiversity | peace | Environment | building peace | oxpeace | war | conflict

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11.601 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning (MIT) 11.601 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning (MIT)

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This course is the first subject in the Environmental Policy and Planning sequence. It reviews philosophical debates including growth vs. deep ecology, "command-and-control" vs. market-oriented approaches to regulation, and the importance of expertise vs. indigenous knowledge. Its emphasis is placed on environmental planning techniques and strategies. Related topics include the management of sustainability, the politics of ecosystem management, environmental governance and the changing role of civil society, ecological economics, integrated assessment (combining environmental impact assessment (EIA) and risk assessment), joint fact finding in science-intensive policy disputes, environmental justice in poor communities of color, and environmental dispute resolution. This course is the first subject in the Environmental Policy and Planning sequence. It reviews philosophical debates including growth vs. deep ecology, "command-and-control" vs. market-oriented approaches to regulation, and the importance of expertise vs. indigenous knowledge. Its emphasis is placed on environmental planning techniques and strategies. Related topics include the management of sustainability, the politics of ecosystem management, environmental governance and the changing role of civil society, ecological economics, integrated assessment (combining environmental impact assessment (EIA) and risk assessment), joint fact finding in science-intensive policy disputes, environmental justice in poor communities of color, and environmental dispute resolution.

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Experimental investigations of speech processes. Topics: measurement of articulatory movements | Experimental investigations of speech processes. Topics: measurement of articulatory movements | measurements of pressures and airflows in speech production | measurements of pressures and airflows in speech production | computer-aided waveform analysis and spectral analysis of speech | computer-aided waveform analysis and spectral analysis of speech | synthesis of speech | synthesis of speech | perception and discrimination of speechlike sounds | perception and discrimination of speechlike sounds | speech prosody | speech prosody | models for speech recognition | models for speech recognition | speech disorders | speech disorders | other topics | other topics | environment | environment | environmental planning | environmental planning | environmental policy | environmental policy | ethics | ethics | land use planning | land use planning | environmental management | environmental management | growth | growth | scarcity | scarcity | command and control | command and control | market forces | market forces | utilitarianism | utilitarianism | deep ecology | deep ecology | expert knowledge | expert knowledge | indigeneous knowledge | indigeneous knowledge | land conservation | land conservation | sustainable design | sustainable design | growth management | growth management | hazard mitigation | hazard mitigation | ecosystem management | ecosystem management | geospatial data | geospatial data | stormwater management | stormwater management | runoff pollution | runoff pollution | landscape ecology | landscape ecology | biodiversity | biodiversity | integrated assessment | integrated assessment | professional practice | professional practice

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21H.909J People and Other Animals (MIT) 21H.909J People and Other Animals (MIT)

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This class provides a historical survey of the ways that people have interacted with their closest animal relatives, for example: hunting, domestication of livestock, exploitation of animal labor, scientific study of animals, display of exotic and performing animals, and pet keeping. Themes include changing ideas about animal agency and intelligence, our moral obligations to animals, and the limits imposed on the use of animals. This class provides a historical survey of the ways that people have interacted with their closest animal relatives, for example: hunting, domestication of livestock, exploitation of animal labor, scientific study of animals, display of exotic and performing animals, and pet keeping. Themes include changing ideas about animal agency and intelligence, our moral obligations to animals, and the limits imposed on the use of animals.

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people | people | animals | animals | hunting | hunting | domestication | domestication | livestock | livestock | animal labor | animal labor | scientific experimentation | scientific experimentation | pets | pets | zoos | zoos | selective breeding | selective breeding | vivisection | vivisection | vegetarian | vegetarian | animal cruelty | animal cruelty | poaching | poaching | conservation | conservation | cloning | cloning | colonialism | colonialism | imperialism | imperialism | mad cow disease | mad cow disease | taxidermy | taxidermy | natural history museum | natural history museum | ethology | ethology | primatology | primatology | animal welfare | animal welfare | biodiversity | biodiversity

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Banking on Biodiversity

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The Chief Environmentalist at the European Investment Bank talks on 'Banking on Biodiversity: the Experience of the European Investment Bank'. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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biodiversity | finance | eci | banking | banks | highlight | biodiversity | finance | eci | banking | banks | highlight

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17.441 International Politics and Climate Change (MIT) 17.441 International Politics and Climate Change (MIT)

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This course examines the interconnections of international politics and climate change. Beginning with an analysis of the strategic and environmental legacies of the 20th Century, it explores the politicization of the natural environment, the role of science in this process, and the gradual shifts in political concerns to incorporate "nature". Two general thrusts of climate-politics connections are pursued, namely those related to (a) conflict – focusing on threats to security due to environmental dislocations and (b) cooperation – focusing on the politics of international treaties that have contributed to emergent processes for global accord in response to evidence of climate change. The course concludes by addressing the question of: "What Next?" This course examines the interconnections of international politics and climate change. Beginning with an analysis of the strategic and environmental legacies of the 20th Century, it explores the politicization of the natural environment, the role of science in this process, and the gradual shifts in political concerns to incorporate "nature". Two general thrusts of climate-politics connections are pursued, namely those related to (a) conflict – focusing on threats to security due to environmental dislocations and (b) cooperation – focusing on the politics of international treaties that have contributed to emergent processes for global accord in response to evidence of climate change. The course concludes by addressing the question of: "What Next?"

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international politics | international politics | climate change | climate change | biodiversity | biodiversity | Kyoto Protocol | Kyoto Protocol | Tragedy of the Commons | Tragedy of the Commons | economics | economics | environment | environment | human population | human population | international relations | international relations | global | global | United Nations (UN) | United Nations (UN) | environmental cooperation | environmental cooperation | sustainable energy | sustainable energy | sustainability | sustainability | Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) | Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) | environmental assessment | environmental assessment

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21A.240 Race and Science (MIT) 21A.240 Race and Science (MIT)

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This course examines one of the most enduring and influential forms of identity and experience in the Americas and Europe, and in particular the ways race and racism have been created, justified, or contested in scientific practice and discourse. Drawing on classical and contemporary readings from Du Bois to Gould to Gilroy, we ask whether the logic of race might be changing in the world of genomics and informatics, and with that changed logic, how we can respond today to new configurations of race, science, technology, and inequality. Considered are the rise of evolutionary racism; debates about eugenics in the early twentieth century; Nazi notions of "racial hygiene"; nation-building projects and race in Latin America; and the movement in modern biology from race to populations to gene This course examines one of the most enduring and influential forms of identity and experience in the Americas and Europe, and in particular the ways race and racism have been created, justified, or contested in scientific practice and discourse. Drawing on classical and contemporary readings from Du Bois to Gould to Gilroy, we ask whether the logic of race might be changing in the world of genomics and informatics, and with that changed logic, how we can respond today to new configurations of race, science, technology, and inequality. Considered are the rise of evolutionary racism; debates about eugenics in the early twentieth century; Nazi notions of "racial hygiene"; nation-building projects and race in Latin America; and the movement in modern biology from race to populations to gene

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race | race | eugenics | eugenics | scientific racism | scientific racism | racial hygiene | racial hygiene | racial economy | racial economy | human biodiversity | human biodiversity | apartheid | apartheid | race and gender | race and gender | monogenist | monogenist | polygenist | polygenist | alchemy of race | alchemy of race | nazi medicine | nazi medicine | nazi racism | nazi racism | sociology of science | sociology of science | race and culture | race and culture | genetic engineering | genetic engineering | raciology. | raciology.

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21A.355J The Anthropology of Biology (MIT) 21A.355J The Anthropology of Biology (MIT)

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If the twentieth century was the century of physics, the twenty-first promises to be the century of biology. This subject examines the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. Although we examine such social concerns as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning, this is not a class in bioethics, but rather an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology — increasingly cellular, molecular, genetic, and informatic — are changing, and with them broader ideas about the relationship between "nature" and "culture." Looking at such cultural artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artif If the twentieth century was the century of physics, the twenty-first promises to be the century of biology. This subject examines the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. Although we examine such social concerns as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning, this is not a class in bioethics, but rather an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology — increasingly cellular, molecular, genetic, and informatic — are changing, and with them broader ideas about the relationship between "nature" and "culture." Looking at such cultural artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artif

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synthetic biology | synthetic biology | genetics | genetics | Charles Darwin | Charles Darwin | evolution | evolution | eugenics | eugenics | bioprospecting | bioprospecting | ethics | ethics | biodiversity | biodiversity | race | race | molecular biology | molecular biology | sociology of science | sociology of science | construction of identity | construction of identity | intersex | intersex | biotechnology | biotechnology | narratives and metaphors | narratives and metaphors

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21A.303J Anthropology of Biology (MIT) 21A.303J Anthropology of Biology (MIT)

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This course applies the tools of anthropology to examine biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. It examines such social concerns such as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning. It offers an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology—ecological, organismic, cellular, molecular, genetic, informatic—are changing. It examines such artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artificial life models, and using primary sources in biology, social studies of the life sciences, and literary and cinematic materials, and asks how we might answer Erwin Schrodinger's 1944 question, "What Is Life?" today. This course applies the tools of anthropology to examine biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. It examines such social concerns such as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning. It offers an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology—ecological, organismic, cellular, molecular, genetic, informatic—are changing. It examines such artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artificial life models, and using primary sources in biology, social studies of the life sciences, and literary and cinematic materials, and asks how we might answer Erwin Schrodinger's 1944 question, "What Is Life?" today.

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21A.303 | 21A.303 | STS.060 | STS.060 | biology | biology | anthropology of biology | anthropology of biology | biopolitics | biopolitics | bioethics | bioethics | biodiversity | biodiversity | biotechnology | biotechnology

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Health and environment Health and environment

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To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment and humankind. This free course, Health and environment, will look at interactions between plants, animals and the physical and chemical environment, as well as considering ways in which humans have altered, and are altering this environment. First published on Thu, 24 Mar 2016 as Health and environment. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2016 To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment and humankind. This free course, Health and environment, will look at interactions between plants, animals and the physical and chemical environment, as well as considering ways in which humans have altered, and are altering this environment. First published on Thu, 24 Mar 2016 as Health and environment. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2016

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Health Sciences | Health Sciences | health | health | genetics | genetics | biodiversity | biodiversity | pollution | pollution | ecology | ecology | diversity | diversity | global warming | global warming | SK220_2 | SK220_2

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17.32 Environmental Politics and Policy (MIT) 17.32 Environmental Politics and Policy (MIT)

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"Environmental Politics & Policy" explores the workings of environmental policymaking in the United States. What are the big issues facing environmental policy? How did we end up with the policies we have today? Why does it take a crisis to move environmental policy forward? Why do political factors - economic interests, social and political values, bureaucratic styles, ideologies, elections, etc. - always seem to overwhelm sound scientific and engineering judgment in determining policy outcomes? Case studies ranging from cleaning up toxic waste pollution to endangered species protection probe the clashes between science and politics at local, state, and federal levels. "Environmental Politics & Policy" explores the workings of environmental policymaking in the United States. What are the big issues facing environmental policy? How did we end up with the policies we have today? Why does it take a crisis to move environmental policy forward? Why do political factors - economic interests, social and political values, bureaucratic styles, ideologies, elections, etc. - always seem to overwhelm sound scientific and engineering judgment in determining policy outcomes? Case studies ranging from cleaning up toxic waste pollution to endangered species protection probe the clashes between science and politics at local, state, and federal levels.

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environmental policy | environmental policy | environmentalism | environmentalism | Clean Air Act | Clean Air Act | Clean Water Act | Clean Water Act | wetlands | wetlands | endangered species | endangered species | biodiversity | biodiversity | toxic waste | toxic waste | public lands | public lands | urban sprawl | urban sprawl | climate change | climate change | global warming | global warming

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