Ch 8: Environmental Ethics: Pollution, Waste & Resources

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Access these lessons and learn more about environmental ethics involving pollution, waste and resources. You'll have the chance to measure your understanding with our self-assessment quizzes.

Environmental Ethics: Pollution, Waste & Resources - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

There are serious ethical concerns involving pollution, waste and resources. These short, focused lessons will help you explore how these concerns impact the environment. Completing this chapter will provide you with the chance to study:

  • Physical, chemical and biological pollution and pesticides
  • Hazardous waste and waste legislation
  • The human population, poverty and environmental racism
  • Population growth, size, overpopulation and sustainability
  • Conservation, energy resources and economic scarcity

Lesson Objective
Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological Learn about the effects of different forms of pollution.
What Are Pesticides? - Definition and Difference Between Narrow-Spectrum & Broad-Spectrum Compare different kinds of pesticides to better understand them.
Use of Pesticides: Benefits and Problems Associated with Pesticides Contrast the pros and cons of pesticide use.
The Economics of Pollution: Marginal Cost of Pollution & Optimum Amount of Pollution Study the economic considerations associated with pollution.
What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types Focus on learning more about dioxins and PCBs.
Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act Find out more about the legislation passed to deal with waste.
Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability Evaluate information about poverty and sustainability in relation to the environment.
What Is Environmental Racism? - Definition & Ethics Consider the ethical implications of environmental racism.
The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size Work to understand the factors that determine human population size.
Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption Assess the ways that the population affects resource consumption.
Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption Compare and contrast overpopulation and overconsumption.
The Politics of Energy Resources: Conservation, Efficiency, & Renewable Energy Learn more about the how conservation and renewable energy are viewed politically.
Economic Scarcity and the Function of Choice Explore economic scarcity.
Conservation of Resources: Responsibility & Action Focus on discussing the complicated issue of the conservation of resources.

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: Environmental Ethics: Pollution, Waste & Resources
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Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

1. 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.

What Are Pesticides? - Definition and Difference Between Narrow-Spectrum & Broad-Spectrum

2. What Are Pesticides? - Definition and Difference Between Narrow-Spectrum & Broad-Spectrum

The crops and livestock we use for food are constantly at risk of harm from pests. This lesson will explore the methods for managing agricultural pests, including both narrow- and broad-spectrum pesticides.

Use of Pesticides: Benefits and Problems Associated with Pesticides

3. Use of Pesticides: Benefits and Problems Associated with Pesticides

Pesticides are used worldwide to manage agricultural pests. They kill and repel unwanted pests, but also cause many human deaths each year. This lesson explores the widespread use of pesticides in agriculture and compares the benefits and problems associated with these helpful but dangerous chemicals.

The Economics of Pollution: Marginal Cost of Pollution & Optimum Amount of Pollution

4. The Economics of Pollution: Marginal Cost of Pollution & Optimum Amount of Pollution

There is an optimum amount of pollution where marginal benefit equals the marginal cost of pollution. Learn how marginal cost, marginal abatement cost and marginal benefit are considered when determining the optimum amount of pollution in this lesson.

What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types

5. What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types

Not all waste is something to throw in the trash and forget about. In this lesson, we will explore hazardous waste and what makes it dangerous. We will also investigate disposal methods and types of hazardous waste.

Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act

6. Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act

In this lesson, we will explore two federal laws that were established to deal with the issue of hazardous waste. We will also compare the scope of these laws and their impacts.

Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability

7. Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability

Worldwide poverty is a large issue. In this lesson, we will explore how poverty influences population growth rates and how these things relate to carrying capacity and global sustainability.

What Is Environmental Racism? - Definition & Ethics

8. What Is Environmental Racism? - Definition & Ethics

Environmental racism is a concept that has been around for a few decades. It involves race, economics, health, and a lot more. Find out what it is as well as some ethical dilemmas posed by it.

The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size

9. The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size

The human population is constantly changing. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that cause increases and decreases in the human population, including births, deaths, immigration, and emigration.

Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

10. Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

What are the things you need to survive? Humans all need resources, and in this lesson, we will discuss how the growth of the human population is influencing the natural resources we rely on.

Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption

11. Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption

How many people can the Earth support? In this lesson, we will explore population growth and some of the concerns associated with this growth, including overpopulation and overconsumption.

The Politics of Energy Resources: Conservation, Efficiency, & Renewable Energy

12. The Politics of Energy Resources: Conservation, Efficiency, & Renewable Energy

The following lesson addresses the global dependence on non-renewable sources of energy and the politics behind trying to move towards renewable sources. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Economic Scarcity and the Function of Choice

13. Economic Scarcity and the Function of Choice

Discover the foundation of the social science of economics as we explore the basic economic problem of scarce resources and unlimited wants using key definitions that create a framework for understanding everyday behavior in a nation.

Conservation of Resources: Responsibility & Action

14. Conservation of Resources: Responsibility & Action

Learn about why it is important to conserve resources on the planet Earth. Whose responsibility is it? How can we take action? In this lesson, learn about aspects of conserving resources individually, locally, and internationally.

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