ENBUS102 Lecture Notes - World Resources Institute, Agenda 21, European Anti-Fraud Office
SchoolUniversity of Waterloo
DepartmentEnvironment and Business
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Intro to Environment
Intro to Business
13 September 2010
What is the environment?
Nature, natural environment
Social, milieu (setting)
Surrounding conditions (integrating both nature and social)
Area in which something exists or lives
What is the value of nature?
o 18 trillion US dollars/year (Costanza et al. 1997)
Value of ecosystems/ year
o 33 trillion US dollars/year
60% Marine systems (majority coastal systems)
38% Terrestrial systems (majority from forest systems)
Objects or the region surrounding anything
Conditions under which any person lives
Environment is everything which affects a living organism
o Miller and Hackett
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