Environment

Human development and survival depends on the environment, including other organisms and non-living surroundings. For the time being, this is provided by Earth. But how are we treating our host planet? It’s clear that our activities reshape our environment – some even fear they may endanger our very existence as a species. So what are our plans for the future?


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Mining the ocean floor could solve mineral shortages – and lead to epic extinctions in some of the most remote ecosystems on Earth.

Olive Heffernan

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The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Thor Hanson

Icon Books, 2019

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Julie B. Zimmerman et al.

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The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

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