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Ch 21: Environmental Impact & Sustainability

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons and quizzes to help you understand how humans and the environment interact. Learn about environmental impact and sustainability.

About This Chapter

In this chapter, video instructors show you the definition of environmental sustainability and applications of this principle. You'll be introduced to sustainable development within environmental limits, sustainable consumption, environmental toxicants and more. This chapter will discuss threats to environmental health, natural capital, water conservation, environmental planning, and other key topics.

You'll learn about environmental ethics and human values, including their impact on environmental problems. As you progress through the chapter, you'll learn about the effect of Earth processes on human societies through time. When you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the difference between energy conservation and energy efficiency
  • Define sustainable consumption
  • Understanding voluntary simplicity as a form of sustainable consumption
  • Name some types and sources of environmental health and assess threats to it
  • Define environmental decision making
  • Discuss the issue of aquifer depletion and overdrawing of surface waters
  • Understand water conservation, storage, pollution, and treatment

Knowledgeable, engaging instructors help make our video lessons easy to understand and follow along with. Video tags that let you jump to the main points make lessons easy to use. Each lesson includes a transcript, so you can read along with the video at your own pace or learn the lesson without listening to the audio if you choose to. The self-assessment quizzes that come with each lesson allow you to track how well you're learning the lessons in this chapter.

16 Lessons in Chapter 21: Environmental Impact & Sustainability
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Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application

1. Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application

Environmental sustainability allows for the needs of man to be met without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Learn applications of environmental sustainability, including sustainable agriculture, forestry and energy.

Sustainable Development within Environmental Limits

2. Sustainable Development within Environmental Limits

Sustainable development is a way of meeting the needs of both present and future generations. Learn how sustainable development must work within the environmental limits so future generations can benefit from the rich resources of the environment.

Sustainable Consumption: Definition and Complexities

3. Sustainable Consumption: Definition and Complexities

Sustainable consumption is the use of products and services that have a minimal impact on the environment so future generations can meet their needs. Learn about the benefits and the complexities that are associated with sustainable consumption.

Understanding Voluntary Simplicity as a Form of Sustainable Consumption

4. Understanding Voluntary Simplicity as a Form of Sustainable Consumption

Voluntary simplicity is a form of sustainable consumption that involves a conscious decision to use fewer natural resources. Learn how following a voluntary simplicity lifestyle can meet your needs and desires and reduce damage to the environment.

What Is Environmental Health? Definition, Types & Sources

5. What Is Environmental Health? Definition, Types & Sources

In this video lesson, you will learn about environmental health. You will also learn about threats to environmental health and how to distinguish between different categories of environmental hazards.

Understanding & Assessing Threats to Environmental Health

6. Understanding & Assessing Threats to Environmental Health

In this lesson you will learn how threats to environmental health are assessed. You will also learn how management decisions are made based on such threats and their risks.

Environmental Toxicants: Types, Sources & Effects

7. Environmental Toxicants: Types, Sources & Effects

In this video lesson, you will identify different types of environmental toxicants. You will also learn about the harmful effects of these toxicants and how they travel from various sources.

Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems

8. Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems

Environmental ethics take into consideration the moral obligations human beings have concerning the environment. Learn how environmental ethics and human values affect our ability to understand and solve environmental problems.

Environmental Planning & Decision Making: Definition & Components

9. Environmental Planning & Decision Making: Definition & Components

Environmental planning and decision making take into consideration the needs of society and the natural environment when developing an area. Learn how environmental planning and decision making are carried out to create sustainable outcomes.

Economics, Natural Capital & the Environment

10. Economics, Natural Capital & the Environment

Natural capital is the resources and services derived from nature that are of value to people. Learn why protecting natural capital is important for sustainable growth and economic development.

Water Conservation: How Water Management Can Lead to Sustainable Use

11. Water Conservation: How Water Management Can Lead to Sustainable Use

In this video lesson you will learn about the importance of water conservation. You will also learn about the two ways freshwater is used, and how proper water use can lead to sustainability in agriculture, homes, and manufacturing.

Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

12. Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

In this lesson, you will contrast the benefits and drawback of water storage. You will learn about how and why water is stored and how this affects the surrounding ecosystems and human communities.

Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

13. Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types and sources of water pollution. You will gain an understanding of both surface water and groundwater pollution and the similarities and differences between them.

Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

14. Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

In this lesson, you will learn how water is purified for drinking, and how wastewater is treated before being put back into the environment. You will also learn about water purification issues in developing countries.

Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

15. Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

This video lesson describes the effects of overuse on two major water resources in the U.S.: the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and the overdrawing of the Colorado River.

Polar Ice Caps: Temperature, Melting Effects & Facts

16. Polar Ice Caps: Temperature, Melting Effects & Facts

What are the polar ice caps? How do they regulate sea level and temperature on Earth? Polar bears aren't the only ones who should care about the melting of the polar ice caps. It's an issue that affects us all.

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