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ENVIRONMENT AND ITS COMPONENTS

1.1 INTRODUCTION: BACKGROUND AND DEFINITIONS

Up till 1960, the terms ecology and environment drew little attention of politicians and social scientists. However, with the publication of a landmark book titled Silent Spring written by Rachel Carson coupled with the occurrence of major oil spill accidents along the southern coasts of California and Massachusetts causing environmental disruptions Environment became a popular issue and attracted the attention of politicians as well as the general public. However, as with any new political or social issue. Initially it was supported by minority of people.

With the passage of time, as the understanding of the importance of protecting the surroundings improved the concept ...

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