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Th environment is all living and nonliving things with which organisms interact.
The study of how the natural world works, how our environment affects us, and how we affect our environment
A social movement dedicated to protecting the natural world from undesirable changes brought about by human actions.
A material or energy source provided by nature that people need to survive.
Natural resources such as fruits and grains, are naturally replenished, or renewed over short periods.
Nonrenewable Natural Resource
Resources such as coal and oil are nonrenewable because they are naturally formed much more slowly than we use them.
Resource use is considered sustainable if it can continue at the same rate into the foreseeable future.
Nonrenewable energy resources such as oil, coal, and natural gas are known as fossil fuels.
Expresses the environmental effects of an individual or population in terms of the total amount of land and water required.
List three examples of nonliving things in the environment.
Continents, oceans, clouds.
Give two reasons why environmental science is important.
- studying environmental science reminds us that we are part of the natural world and how we interact with it matters a great deal.
- understanding interactions between humans and the environment is the first step toward solving environmental problems.
Name four of the disciplines that contribute to the study of our interactions with the environment.
Biology, chemistry, ecology, economics
What is the difference between environmental science and environmentalism?
Environmental science is the pursuit of knowledge about the workings of the environment and our interactions with it. Environmentalism is a social movement dedicated to protecting the natural world.
Nature makes resources at similar speeds.
False; Nature makes resources at different speeds.
Fruit is an example of a renewable resource.
For most of human history, population has been high and relatively stable.
False; For most of human history, the population has been low and relatively stable.
The Industrial Revolution marked a shift from a rural society to an urban society powered by renewable resources.
False; The Industrial Revolution marked a shift from a rural society to an urban society powered by nonrenewable resources.
Our ecological footprint is affected by the number of people on Earth and how much we consume.
The tragedy of the commons refers to the overuse of unregulated resources.
Why are sunlight and oil on opposite sides of the renew ability continuum?
Sunlight is always available and oil is a nonrenewable resource.
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