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Environmental Science: Chapter 1.1: Our Island, Earth
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What do environmentalists study?
Study how the natural world works, and how humans and the environment affect each other.
all the 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, including people, from undesirable changes brought about by human actions.
a material or energy source provided by nature that people need to survive.
a resource that is naturally replenished over a short period
renewable natural resource
a natural resource that forms much more slowly than it is used
nonrenewable natural resource
having the rate of use be equal to the rate of replenishment for resources now and into the foreseeable future
a nonrenewable energy resource such as oil, coal, and natural gas
the environmental effects of an individual or population based on the amount of land water needed for raw materials and for disposing of or recycling waste
Three examples of nonliving things in the environment
Oceans, buildings, and mountains
Give two reasons why environmental science is important
Environmental science reminds us that we are part of the natural world and that our interactions with the world matter.
In what way is living on Earth similiar to living on an island?
In both situations, the natural resources that people need to survive are limited.
What could cause a renewable natural resource to become a nonrenewable resource?
If a renewable natural resource is not used at a sustainable rate, it could become a nonrenewable resource.
How can a nonliving thing have an ecological footprint?
Even an object (natural or synthetic) uses up natural resource when it is formed or manufactured and when it is deposed or recycled.
What is one way the tragedy of the commons could be avoided?
People who share a common resource can organize, cooperate, and enforce responsible use of the resource.
Why is it important to remember that people are part of the environment?
Because people interact with, rely on, and affect the health of the environment.
Why is natural gas considered a nonrenewable resource?
Cause it forms much more slowly than humans use it.
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