Question: 1 identify the environmental components in the case of the...
1. Identify the environmental components in the case of the Neuse River Fish Kill: How did Pfiesteria changed and what was the cause? What was the impact on the local economy? What was the role of science and the media?
2. Define and provide examples of the following concepts: Environment, ecosystem, abiotic and biotic factors, natural and experimental boundaries, flows of matter and energy.
3. Differentiate environmental science from environmentalism, and provide examples their different approaches to an environmental issue.
4. Explain how environmental science interacts with other disciplines to form the field of environmental studies.
5. Explain who was Rachel Carson, what is she best known for, and what was her impact in the development of the environmental movement.
6. Indicate in what decade (and whether it was the first or second half of that decade) were the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts passed.
7. Explain how does human development affect natural systems. In particular the relationship between population, technology, and environmental impact.
8. Define and provide examples of ecosystem services, environmental indicators, and sustainability.
9. Describe the five global indicators of sustainability: biological diversity (genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity), food production, average global surface temperature and CO2 concentrations, human population, and resource depletion. Explain how are these indicators related.
10. Indicate what is the current human population (in billions) and what is it projected to be in the year 2050.
11. Indicate what is the percentage of total world energy consumed by developed and developing nations.
12. Define sustainable development. Explain the three requirements to live sustainably mentioned in page 12 of the textbook.
13. Define ecological footprint and provide some examples. Indicate what is the current human ecological footprint (as percentage of Earth‟s usable land area, page 14) and what would it be if all people in the world lived the lifestyle of the average U.S. citizen.
14. Describe the scientific method, and the steps in carrying out research (fig. 1.16).
15. Explain the difference in the use of the term „theory‟ in science and colloquially. Explain when does a hypothesis become a theory.
16. Be able to formulate a testable hypothesis and a null hypothesis when presented with a question/problem.
17. Be able to design a simple experiment: indicating the variable to be measured, identifying the control and experimental groups, and describing the procedure.
18. Explain the difference between a controlled and a natural experiment. Describe what are the difficulties in carrying out an experiment in the field.