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See the Case Study that follows about the growing ecological footprint of China. org/. What are three things you could do to reduce your ecological footprint? ■ CASE STUDY China’s New Affluent Consumers More than a billion super-affluent consumers in developed countries are putting immense pressure on the earth’s natural capital. Another billion consumers are attaining middle-class, affluent lifestyles in rapidly developing countries such as China, India, Brazil, South Korea, and Mexico. S. population, and the number is growing rapidly!

The goals of environmental science are to learn how nature works, how the environment affects us, how we affect the environment, and how to deal with environmental problems and live more sustainably. Ecology, a biological science that studies the relationships between organisms, or living things, and their environment, plays an important role in environmental science. A major focus of ecology is the study of ecosystems. An ecosystem is a set of organisms interacting with one another and with their environment of nonliving matter and energy within a defined area.

In other words, we are living unsustainably by depleting and degrading some of the earth’s irreplaceable natural capital and the natural renewable income it provides as our ecological footprints grow and spread across the earth’s surface (Concept 1-3). For more on this subject see the Guest Essay by Michael Cain at ThomsonNOW™. See the Case Study that follows about the growing ecological footprint of China. org/. What are three things you could do to reduce your ecological footprint? ■ CASE STUDY China’s New Affluent Consumers More than a billion super-affluent consumers in developed countries are putting immense pressure on the earth’s natural capital.

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