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WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY / Environmental Studies / ENVS 202 / Name the indicators of sustainability.

Name the indicators of sustainability.

Name the indicators of sustainability.

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School: Western Washington University
Department: Environmental Studies
Course: Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Professor: Grace wang
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: environmental and Studies
Cost: 25
Name: ENVS 202 Week 1 Notes
Description: An introduction to environmental studies and sustainability. Reviewing major concepts from the movie "The Wilderness Idea".
Uploaded: 10/03/2016
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Indicators of sustainability

Health

Ex. longer life span

Economy

Off licence is the normDon't forget about the age old question of What is the purpose of a price floor?

Ex. more people have dishwashersWe also discuss several other topics like What are the six groups of protists?

Ex. Almost everyone has a colored T.V.

Credit card debt continues to be a challenge

PopulationDon't forget about the age old question of d2l usc

At 7 billion, rising at 74 million people / year consume more energy than anyone

EnergyIf you want to learn more check out What is a negative axis?

NW depends on fossil fuels

Reduced dependence over the last 5 - 10 years

SprawlIf you want to learn more check out What do you mean by an adaptation?

Dispersed, compartmentalized, automobile - oriented urban development

Transportation issues such as roads / highways

Converting open space and farms to developmentWe also discuss several other topics like What are the three components of writing?

Ecosystems

Ex. forests, water quality, soil, wildlife

John Muir

Farmer, writer, activist

First president of the Sierra Club

Created with creating the national parks

Preservationist

Gifford Pinchot

Politician, forester

Privileged

First chief of the forest service

Conservationist

Were close; differing ideas on nature caused a rift

Muir - protect

Pinchot - utilize

Hetch Hetchy Valley

After 1906 earthquake, SF needed a reliable water source

Damming was the obvious choice by Pinchot

National Parks

55 major

Government owned and protected

Yellowstone - US government removed natives on the 19th . 20th century

National forest

156

Multiple use mining, grazing, etc

Ecological footprint

Developed in 1997

Estimates area of land / ocean requested to support your consumption, waste

Average footprint - 23.47 hectare

1 hectare = 2.471 acres

US footprint is 50% larger than most European countries

Carbon footprint - total set of GHG emissions caused directly, indirectly by someone

Subset of the ecological footprint

Climate change

Ex. climate depends the clothes in closet, weather depends the clothes you wear that day

Individual disasters are not evidence of climate change

Earth’s temperature was risen 1 - 150F in the past century

Attributable to release of GHG by humans

Land and ocean risen 1.330F over the last century more than half occurred since 1979

GHG effect

Cultural occurrence caused by the presence of water vapor and trace amount of GHG

Blanket that keeps US warm

Climate changes on radiation in atmosphere from solar energy

Enhanced by anthropogenic additions to atmosphere (humans)

Average temperature increase every year since 1880

Some places get colder of weather at times

Can drive extreme weather (not cause, but increase chances unconditional)

Primary caused by the combustion of fossil fuels

Primary GHGs

Carbon Dioxide

Nitrous Oxide

Methane

US emits ⅕ of total GHG as only 5% of the world’s population

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