The Responsible Role of the Atmospheric Sciences in Determining the Future Quality of Man's Environment

by Stanley Marshall Greenfield

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A discussion of the complexities involved in man's interaction with his environment and a consideration of its present and potential dangers. To support his burgeoning technology, man creates environmental changes ranging from air pollution due to burning fossil fuels to thermal pollution due to the removal of waste heat. In addition to their individual impact, many of these areas continuously feed back one upon the other. Concern is growing over man's ability to conserve and to manage his environment. Yet almost no attempts have been made to examine the entire problem over an expanded space and time scale. The future of atmospheric sciences lies in combining with other disciplines such as economics, biology, and ecology to train environmental scientists who will be equipped to tackle the problem of maintaining the habitability of the earth.

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