depletion, destruction of forests and other natural areas, soil erosion, oil spills, and toxic chemicals released during industrial processes. They study the effects that energy exploration and extraction techniques such as fracking have on the environment, try to protect endangered and threatened animal and plant species (and entire ecosystems), and help companies ensure that they are in compliance with environmental regulations. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing the work of environmental scientists.

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Did You Know? Nearly 36 percent of people surveyed by the World Economic Forum said that human-caused damage to the environment presents a “clear and present” danger to the stability of the world.


Cool Careers in Science: Environmental Scientists

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