AP E S CH 1 QUESTIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, THEIR CAUSES, AND SUSTAINABILITY

1) What are the major themes of this book?

2) What keeps us alive? What is an environmentally sustainable society?

3) How fast is the human population growing? Using the rule of 70 caluculate how long it would take a country's population to double if their was a 1%, 2%, 4.3% or a 35% annual growth. Please explain the rule of 70 in your own words.

4) What is the difference between economic growth, economic development, and environmentally sustainable economic development?

5) What are the earth's main types of resources? How can they be depleted or degraded?

6) What are the principal types of pollution, and what can we do about pollution?

7) What are the basic causes of today's environmental problems, and how are these causes connected?

8) What are the harmful environmental effects of poverty and affluence?

9) What three major human cultural changes have taken place since humans arrived?

10) What are four scientific principles of sustainability and how can they help us build more environmentally sustainable and just societies?

Vocabulary

affluenza

agricultural revolution

biodiversity

common-property resource

conservation

conservationist

developed country

developing country

doubling time

durability

earth-centered environmental worldview

ecological footprint

ecologist

ecology

economic development

economic growth

environment

environmental degradation

environmental ethics

environmental movement

environmental revolution

environmental science

environmental scientist

environmental wisdom worldview

environmental worldview

environmentalism

environmentalist

environmentally sustainable economic development

environmentally sustainable society

EPA

exponential growth

free-access resource

frontier environmental worldview

globalization

gross domestic product (GDP)

human-centered environmental worldviews

hunter - gatherers

industrial - medical revolution

information and globalization revolution

input pollution control

LDC

maximum sustainable yield

MDC

multiple use

natural capital

nonpoint source

nonrenewable resource

output pollution control

per capita ecological footprint

per capita GDP

perpetual resource

planetary management worldview

point source

pollutant

pollution

pollution cleanup

pollution prevention

recycling

renewable resource

reuse

rule of 70

solar capital

stewardship worldview

sustainability

sustainable development

sustainable living

sustainable yield

tragedy of the commons