APES UNIT I

R&B Unit 1: Humans in the Environment

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Unit Goal: To provide students with general overview of the environment and the problems we face plus course introduction.

Chapter 1: Our Changing Environment


A. Content

  1. What is Environmental Science
  2. Goals of Environmental Science
  3. Environmental Sustainability
  4. Human population growth
  5. Environmental Impact: P x A x T = I
  6. Hormone disrupters
  7. Georges Bank Fishery
  8. Habitat fragmentation
  9. Endangered Species Act - 1973
  10. Invasive (non-native) species
  11. Ozone depletion & Global Warming - Kyoto Protocol
  12. Rain forest destruction
  13. Worldviews

B. Activities

  1. Video: The Lorax
  2. Video #1; Race to Save the Planet: "The Environmental Revolution"
  3. Lab: The Power of Doubling
  4. Daily Reading Quizzes

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 1; outline chapter/take notes
  2. Online Quiz
  3. HW#1

Chapter 2: Using Science to Address Environmental Problems

Describes much of the basic science behind environmental science.

A. Content

  1. Scientific Method
  2. Inductive Reasoning
  3. Deductive Reasoning
  4. Experimental Controls and Variables
  5. Risk Assessment
  6. Risk Management
  7. Toxicology
  8. Dose-response curve
  9. Cost-Benefit Analysis
  10. Tragedy of the Commons

B. Activities

  1. Design an Experiment (p.55, #5 a,b,c,d)
  2. ????Lab: Salinization; Effect of Salt on Seed Germination

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 2; outline chapter/take notes
  2. Brooks/Cole Online Quiz for Chapter 2
  3. HW#2 - 4 problems;

Chapter 3: Environmental History, Legislation and Economics

Learn about some of the historical figures that affect our views on conservation, environmental legislation and how economics plays a role in determining the actions we take to control environmental problems.

A. Content

  1. Conservation and Presevation of Resources
  2. Protecting Forests; National Parks - T. Roosevelt; J. Audobon; H. Thoreau; J. Muir
  3. Conservation in the mid-20th Century; Franklin Roosevelt; Rachel Carson; Paul Ehrlich;
  4. Environmental Movement of the Late 20th Century
  5. EPA - 1970
  6. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - 1970
  7. Environmental Impact Statements
  8. Cost-Benefit of Pollution Control
  9. Pollution Abatement
  10. Economic Strategies for Pollution Control
  11. Economics and the Environment
  12. National Income Accounts
  13. Natural Resource Depletion
  14. Marginal Cost of Pollution; Marginal Cost of Pollution Abatement
  15. Optimum amount of pollution

B. Activities

  1. Video #10: "Now or Never"

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 3; outline chapter/take notes
  2. HW#3 - 4 problems
  3. Tutorial Quiz
Unit Assessment Ch. 1, 2 and 3