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Ch 14: Renewable Resources and the Environment

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Study these lessons to identify what using renewable resources, like solar, wind, and water, can mean for the environment. Memorize key terms for an upcoming exam, review major concepts, or just get ready for discussions about the environment.

Renewable Resources and the Environment - Chapter Summary

Most environmentalists promote the use of renewable resources, as they offer sustainable options to our energy crisis. These lessons go over the most commonly-used forms of renewable energy today, and the lessons explain the science behind each of these renewable resources.

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  • A definition of solar energy
  • Solar thermal electric generation through solar cells on solar panels
  • Benefits and disadvantages to biomass
  • Pros and cons of using wind energy and hydropower
  • Advantages and drawbacks of geothermal energy and tidal energy
  • Energy efficiency vs. energy conservation

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: Renewable Resources and the Environment
What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

1. What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

Learn about solar energy and how charged particles from the sun travel to Earth to provide heat and light. Explore solar energy as a direct and indirect energy source and examine the pros and cons of harvesting solar energy for other uses.

What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation

2. What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation

How do devices take advantage of the sun's abundant energy? Learn about photovoltaic solar cells and solar thermal electric generation and how these technologies can be used to convert solar energy into heat and electricity.

Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

3. Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

Biomass is organic material that can be used to generate heat, electricity, and even fuel. In this lesson, you will learn about the advantages of this abundant and renewable energy source as well as the disadvantages.

Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

4. Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

Wind energy is a renewable form of energy that involves harnessing the natural energy of the wind. Learn how wind is used to generate electricity and the pros and cons of this energy source.

Hydropower: Pros and Cons

5. Hydropower: Pros and Cons

Hydropower is power generated from moving water. Learn how this energy from water can be harnessed by hydropower plants to generate electricity as well as the pros and cons of this renewable energy source.

Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

6. Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

Geothermal energy is heat energy that is stored within the earth. Learn the methods being used to tap into this thermal energy to heat buildings and generate electricity as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this renewable energy source.

Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

7. Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

The tides move a massive amount of water, and the energy from this moving water, known as tidal energy, can be captured and converted into electricity. Learn how tidal energy works and the advantages and disadvantages of this energy source.

Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

8. Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

Saving energy is an important topic, but energy conservation and energy efficiency are not the same thing. Learn what the difference is and some examples of both energy conservation and energy efficiency.

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