Environmental Science

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(Science, Man, and His Environment)


Environmental Science (formerly called Science, Man, and His Environment) is a first year, general education course in environmental science taught at Assumption University of Thailand. These pages contain material to accompany the course and other material of interest to students.

Note that these pages could also be used as an introductory course for environmental science. Some individual sections could also be used in an advanced course.

Course Notes

These contain the lecture notes from Ajahn John Stampe. They also include activities and resources related to those lectures.

What is Environment?


Ecological Footprint, Food, and Urbanization

Ecology - Definitions and Outline

Energy Flow in Ecosystems

Population and Community Ecology

Material Cycles



Atmosphere and Climate

Global Warming

Air Quality

Water Quantity

Water Quality

Solid Waste

These two sections are from the former curriculum:

Scientific Method

Matter and Energy


Activities are given within sections above:

Web Resources

This is a collection of all of the resources listed on the course notes pages. See also the next two sections.

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Web Resources

This is a collection of all of the resources listed on the course notes pages. See also the two sections below.

Thermodynamics - A wikieducator project on this topic

Definition of Science at The Skeptic's Dictionary.

Bad Astronomy - A blog about critical thinking, astronomy, and science.

Population Statistics from UN Population Division

Statistics and Reports from Population Reference Bureau

International Data Base from US Census Bureau

World Population Clock

State of the World's Cities annual report of UN Habitat

Ecogeek - Website with all the recent news about energy especially renewable energy and energy conservation

BP Oil Disaster - An excellent website by the BBC all about the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy Report by the Worldwatch Institute

World Commission on Dams 2000 Report on effects of large scale dams

Other Resources

Environmental Education - This page is a link to web resources on the environment

Environmental Glossary - A glossary of environmental terms (note it is incomplete).

Ajahn John's blog on the environment (See also individual articles listed in the course notes)

Keeping up with environment news

One very good way to understand environmental issues is to follow the environmental news. There are a number of websites which are dedicated to environmental news (either general or a specific aspect).

RSS Feeds - one good way to keep up with news is to use RSS feeds. For a good description of RSS see the BBC's Feed Page. For reading feeds we recommend Feedly - especially since you can use it from any computer.

Below is some recommended sites.

News Sites


Intergovernmental and Non-governmental Organizations