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Ch 24: The Relationship Between Humans and the Environment

About This Chapter

Human beings have a direct impact on their surrounding environment. This chapter of the CEOE Middle Level Social Studies course examines this dynamic and also serves as a review for questions about this topic on the CEOE exam.

The Relationship Between Humans and the Environment - Chapter Summary

The environment and human beings have a relationship whose effects are felt every day. The set of video and text lessons contained in this course explores this relationship while helping you prepare yourself for your upcoming CEOE Middle Level Social Studies certification exam. This chapter's videos and texts will cover topics that include the following:

  • The decline of biodiversity
  • Industrial development and ecology
  • Types of pollution
  • Causes of eutrophication
  • Greenhouse gases and the Greenhouse Effect

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The Relationship Between Humans and the Environment Chapter Objectives

The CEOE Middle Level Social Studies exam is given to teachers in the state of Oklahoma seeking their certification as teachers of social studies classes. Questions on human interaction with the environment will be seen in the Geography and Culture section, a multiple-choice portion that occupies approximately sixteen percent of the test.

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What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

1. What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

IPAT is a framework to study how population (P), affluence (A), and technology (T) impact (I) the environment. Learn about the IPAT equation, the human factors affecting the environment, the concept of ecological footprint, and steps to reduce humans' and technology's negative effects on the environment.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

2. Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

Natural environments such as forests must be managed to ensure they stay healthy and are supporting their part of the ecosystem. Explore deforestation and desertification and learn how these affect declining biological diversity, understand the importance of declining biological diversity, review specific impacts of deforestation, and recognize the factors that cause desertification.

Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

3. Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

Emerging nations, who are less developed with fast-growing economies, face the challenge of balancing economic growth with environmental responsibility. Learn about industrial development, the major emerging nations (BRICS), and the environmental concerns.

What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

4. What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

Industrial ecology studies the production of goods and services to understand how energy and materials flow through the production process and to find techniques to conserve and reuse resources. Explore the definition, examples, and goals of industrial ecology. Learn about sustainable ecosystems and environmental ecology.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

5. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the existence of unwanted and harmful substances in the environment. Learn more about different types of pollution (including physical, chemical, and biological) and how they can negatively affect the environment.

Human Causes of Eutrophication

6. Human Causes of Eutrophication

Eutrophication is an overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that leads to oxygen depletion and the death of organisms under the surface, like fish. Learn the definitions of algal blooms and biochemical oxygen demand, and explore human causes of eutrophication, such as nitrogen and phosphorus from common lawn fertilizers in runoff rainwater.

Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

7. Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

Human activity has a measurable effect on our climate. Learn about the greenhouse effect and its gases, and examine what happens when there is an imbalance of gases in the atmosphere.

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