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Effects of Humans on the Environment - Chapter Summary
Our video lessons, transcripts, quizzes and other study tools can help you learn more about how humans affect the environment. For instance, they can be used to find out about ways in which deforestation and desertification can be harmful to the environment. You can also discover some of the implications of physical and chemical pollution. These lessons will help you be able to:
- Describe IPAT and the factors of human impact on the environment
- Understand the impact of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions on the environment
- Analyze the effect of industrial development in emerging nations on the environment
- Define industrial ecology
- Identify the different types of pollution, including thermal and noise pollution
- Determine the human causes of eutrophication
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1. What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment
What do the letters IPAT have to do with the environment? Learn how this four-letter equation helps explain the environmental impact of different variables, including population, affluence, and technology.
2. Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity
When trees are lost due to deforestation, the result can be a drier climate and desertification or the transformation of the once fertile land to desert. Learn how deforestation and desertification can lead to a decline in biological diversity.
3. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.
4. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.
5. Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment
Industrial development has brought economic prosperity to a number of less developed countries. Learn about the environmental challenges and risks associated with these newly emerging national economies.
6. What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples
Industrial ecology is a young science that studies industrial systems with the goal of finding ways to lessen their environmental impact. Learn how industries are using industrial ecology to reduce the use of natural resources and generate less waste.
7. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological
Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.
8. What is Thermal Pollution?
Pollution is one of the greatest threats against our environment. We often overlook the fact that pollution isn't simply smoke and industrial waste. In this lesson, we'll take a look at a lesser-known type of pollution: thermal pollution.
9. Noise Pollution: Sources, Effects & Control Methods
Have you ever rolled down your car window only to hear several different noises? The sources of the noises that you hear can contribute to noise pollution. Use this lesson to learn about noise pollution, its sources, and the different ways to control for it.
10. Human Causes of Eutrophication
Eutrophication occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with nutrients. While this can happen naturally, accelerated eutrophication is typically the result of human activities. Learn about the human causes of eutrophication.
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