LECTURE 2 – Introduction to Environmental Science
Chapter 1 (An Introduction to Environmental Science) – p. 2 to 29
1. Define the term environment.
the sum total of our surroundings
consists of both:
- biotic factors
- abiotic factors
2. Describe natural resources and explain their importance to human life.
• renewable resources (e.g. sunlight) CANNOT be depleted
• non-renewable resources (e.g. oil) CAN be depleted
• total impact (I) on environment results from interaction of population (P), affluence (A)
and technology (T), with an added sensitivity (S) factor
3. Characterize the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science.
interdisciplinary field, drawing on many diverse disciplines
4. Understand the scientific method and how science operates.
5. Diagnose and illustrate some of the pressures on the global environment.
solutions to environmental problems emerge from different disciplines working together
1. Population Growth
2. Agriculture Issues
4. Aquatic Resource Issues