About This Chapter
The Environment & Ethics - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our experienced instructors present subjects concerning the environment and ethics. You can watch video lessons outlining topics such as environmental legislation, the ozone layer and the Endangered Species Act. Most of our videos are ten minutes or less, providing you with a engaging way to review these philosophy concepts. Each video is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz and a text transcript that can be easily printed as a handy offline study guide. Feel free to submit any questions that you have to one of our instructors through the Dashboard. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Discuss the impact of environmental ethics and human values on environmental problems
- Differentiate between life-centered and human-centered environmental ethics
- Outline key laws and regulations in environmental legislation
- Explain greenhouse gases, fossil fuels and global warming
- Identify the importance of the ozone layer and the harmful effects of its thinning
- Examine the sources and types of air pollution
- Detail the goals and purposes of the Endangered Species Act and the world conservation strategy
- Explain the differences in energy consumption between developed and developing nations
- Discuss carrying capacity, poverty and population growth and sustainability
1. 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.
2. Comparing Life-Centered & Human-Centered Environmental Ethics
The moral relationship between humans and the environment is an important one. In this lesson, explore two of the main beliefs in this field, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline
Environmental legislation is a collection of many laws and regulations aimed at protecting the environment from harmful actions. Learn about the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws.
4. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming
In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.
5. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.
6. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types
In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.
7. The Endangered Species Act & The World Conservation Strategy: Goals & Purposes
In this lesson, you will learn about the Endangered Species Act, an environmental law that protects endangered species. You will also discover how the ESA works and how species are protected under it. Finally, you will learn how a World Conservation Strategy can help endangered and threatened species worldwide.
8. Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations
Energy consumption is greater in developed nations than in developing nations. However, as the economy of a developing nation improves, the global energy consumption increases. Learn more about the differences in energy consumption around the world.
9. 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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Philosophy 102: Ethics in America course
- Introduction to the Study of Morality
- Moral Belief Systems Overview
- Ancient Greek Views on Ethics & Philosophy
- Morality in Western Religion
- Natural & Moral Law Theories
- Consequentialist vs. Non-Consequentialist Philosophies
- Ethical Issues in Life & Death
- Economic Inequality & Morality
- Philosophical Theories Behind the Justice System
- Moral & Ethical Issues in Peacetime vs. War
- Human Rights Ethics & Morals
- Ethical Issues in Relationships & Sexuality
- Bioethics Impact on Medicine & Morality
- Ethics & Morality in Business