Week of Jan 20 (pt1)
Week of Jan 20 (pt1) ENVS 1205K
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mekaila Notetaker on Tuesday January 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ENVS 1205K at Columbus State University taught by Daniel E. Holt in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 36 views. For similar materials see Sustainability and Environment in Science at Columbus State University.
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Date Created: 01/05/16
Natural Resources Renewable resource -Replenished naturally -Forests, grasslands, fresh air, fertile soil Sustainable yield -Rate you can use resource while still allowing it to renew Nonrenewable resource -Never regenerate or require geological time scales to renew -coal, oil, metals, mineral resources -reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle Measuring Natural Resource Use Economic growth - nation’s growth (good and service ) - Resources consumption fuels growth Measured as gross domestic product (GDP) -Annual value of all goods and services by all business, foreign and domestic, operating within a country -Ignores environmental cost and resource degradation Are we living sustainably? - How do we affect our earth? - Overconsumption- deplete capital - Degradation- pollute on diminish natural resources and ecosystem services - Happening at an accelerating rate Pollution - Something put into the environment at a level that is directly or indirectly harmful to humans or other organisms - Point sources (you can pin point the source) vs non-point source (maybe hard identifying) - Biodegradable (other organisms breaking it down using it for nutrient) vs non-degradable Tragedy of the Commons - Every individual tries to reap the greatest benefit from a given resource. As the demand for the resource overwhelms the supply, every individual who consumes an additional unit directly harms others who can no longer enjoy the benfits
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