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Environmental Science
Jovan Stefanovic

Gagandeep Saluja 01/09/2008 Human Health and the Environment Lecture 1: Welcome to Human Health and the Environment EESA10H3 Intranet • Outline • Suggested readings • LECTURE NOTES • ASSIGNMENTS • ANNOUNCEMENTS • Midterm results • And all other information Introduction • My name: Dr. Silvija Stefanovic • Office: SW-410 • Lecture: Wednesday 7–9 PM, AC-223 • Email: [email protected] • Office hours: Wednesday 4-6 PM Professor’s Tips • Attending the lectures and reading are important • There will be nothing more on the exam that the professor at least mentions in class • Read at least the textbook in order to think and answer a tricky question • The more you read the better equipped will find your way to solve a problem (easier and faster) Grading Assignments (2) 20% Mid-Term Examination 30% Final Examination 50% Exam Format  Multiple Choice Questions (5 choices from A to E)  True and False Questions (T or F)  All exams will be done on a Scranton Sheet The midterm exam will most likely be held after the reading week. The final exam is cumulative. TA Office SW- 507A Wing-Shun Wu: Office Hours on Friday 12PM-2PM ASSIGNMENTS SUBMITTED LATE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. EXTENSION WILL BE GRANTED ONLY WITH A MEDICAL NOTE. Textbook: Life support: The environment and human health. Michael McCally, MIT press, Cambridge 2002. Life Support EESA10H3 S Gagandeep Saluja 01/09/2008  In the Book store  Available online  Available on short term loan Check INTRANET regularly • Late (noisy, disruptive) arrivals • Cell phones ringing • Chattering during the class • Behaviour • Questions in class Your environment is your health (but not the only factor influencing your health) What is environmental health? • According to the WHO: “In its broadest sense, environmental health comprises those aspects of human health, disease and injuries that are determined or influenced by factors in the environment.” • This includes the study of both the direct pathological effects of various o Chemical o Physical o Social Environment (housing, urban development, land use and transportation) What is the environment? • Environment is everything that affect a living organism • Effect of environment on human health is so great o Air o Water o Soil o Manmade environment The Environment • We cannot choose what happens in the natural environment but sure can help in changing the events that take place in the environment • Social environment – are stressed even though we do not know about it which affects health • Our health is affected by our environment • Most of them we can list some we neglect • Definitely know that the environment affects our health greatly • Factories, buildings and sewage comprise to form an artificial environment • We face the growth of the human population • Population is growing very fast – exponentially • Our consumption has increased incredibly because of the population • In a couple of decades the number of people on the planet will exceed the sustainable number of people the earth can hold • Cannot support because of resources and the environment • We are using renewable and nonrenewable resources faster than they can grow • Renewable resources (trees, water) and non renewable resources (fossil fuels, oil, Life Support EESA10H3 S Gagandeep Saluja 01/09/2008 coal) • The bigger question is can the resources of the earth be replenished at this rate of growth? • A change in the earth is done so by humans – a form of alteration • We are aware of issues of environmental health concerns • Due to economic growth people are drawn to money and earning and seem not to take
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