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The Environment & Society - Chapter Summary
Using this chapter, you will explore the relationship between people and the environment. Global environmental issues are also spotlighted in this engaging, educational chapter. Additionally issues of natural resources, population and economics are going to be covered. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:
- Determine what IPAT is
- Understand the importance of global sustainability
- Identify different types of natural resources
- Compare and contrast renewable and non-renewable resources
- Describe global population concerns
- Explain deforestation and desertification processes
We use short videos and texts to make learning about the topics enlightening and fun. There are also self-assessment quizzes which help you check your knowledge of environment and society-related topics. Staying organized throughout this chapter is easy thanks to the dashboard.
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. Global Environmental Issues: Types & Treaties
The following lesson defines and then discusses examples of global environmental issues, such as global climate change and pollution. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
3. Differing Viewpoints on Global Sustainability
The following lesson will define the issue of the Earth's limited capacity to support a growing global population and the differing viewpoints as to how it can be solved. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types
Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.
7. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences
We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.
8. Resources and Reserves: Definitions & Examples
You might hear a lot about reserves and resources on Earth, but what exactly is the difference between the two? In this video lesson, you will learn about each, as well as how they represent different things that are quite related to each other.
9. Global Population Issues, Concerns & Politics
The following lesson will cover the issue of global population trends and the resulting concerns. We'll explore concepts like carrying capacity, how developed and developing countries differ, and how some cultures and governments affect this issue.
10. 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.
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