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1) Choose an environmental issue from your textbook, or from your own personal experience, and explain how this environmental issue directly affects you. What is the role of environmental science in addressing this issue? What challenges do you believe are the obstacles that would hinder the recommendations of environmental scientists to address this environmental issue from being successfully implemented?
2) Use the topic material “What’s My Carbon Footprint” to determine your personal footprint. Report the result of your personal footprint assessment. What factors do you think had the most effect on your footprint? What can you do to change your footprint? (Note: For those students using a Screen Reader refer to the Directions for Screen Reader Users.)
3) View the Biome Explorer in the topic materials. Click on an ecosystem and a scenario. How might this scenario affect the genetic diversity of the population? Would this be good or bad for the population? Then explain another topic (not listed in the scenarios) that can impact a species population within the ecosystem. Why?
4) Select an example of a global biome and an example of an ecosystem found in that global biome (grassland, forest, desert). What kind of animals and plants would you expect to make up that ecosystem? Provide one symbiotic relationship example within your selected ecosystem (such as mutualism, commensalism, and predator prey).
There are different types of relationships:
5) Refer to the section “Population Growth and the Environment” in the textbook. What are the factors that influence the size of the human population? How does population size and structure impact a country’s economy?
6) There are many different ways toxins are introduced into the environment. Using the textbook or another authoritative source chose a toxin that people can be exposed to and answer the following questions:
7) In farming there are best practices to have a successful crop and protect the environment. What is one way farmers are protecting the environment? What is one way farmers could harm the environment?
8) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have potential benefits and consequences. Answer the following questions.
Make sure to support your answers with authoritative sources such as the textbook or other readings.
9) What is the difference between endangered, threatened, and extinct species? How would you balance the concerns of these species while focusing on cost first? What are some of the areas that would need to be prioritized?
10) Trying to balance human needs and wants with biological considerations requires resource management – looking at land management, species preservation, and resource use. What can individuals and resource managers do to meet the demands of multiple use? Be sure to refer to your book for ideas.
11) Read the “Sunset Crater Volcano” article from the National Park Service, and the “Sunset Crater Volcano” article from Arizona Geology.
Based on the articles and your understanding of ecosystems and populations from this course, explain the following:
12) Drilling for oil in the Arctic, off the coast of California, and in the Gulf of Mexico is a controversial issue. Based on the 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, provide reasons both for drilling and against drilling in these locations. Which side of the argument do you find more persuasive? Why?
13) Read the topic material “Drinking Water Treatment.” The reading explains a typical water treatment process for tap water.
14) Describe the hydrologic cycle and various methods of water use and management. What changes might occur in the hydrologic cycle if our climate were to warm up or cool down significantly?
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