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Earth Space and Environmental Science – Semester – 2 (Environmental Science) (No Lab)

 
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Earth Space and Environmental Science – Semester – 2 (Environmental Science) (No Lab)

Recommended Grade Level: 9 - 12

Students study about the importance of our environment – the factors affecting it and why it’s important to carefully watch it. The course delves into the effect of environmental degradation on ecosystems and biodiversity – and the impact on humans. They also learn about the political factors affecting environment sanity and the need to carefully evaluate the benefits vs. tradeoffs for various commercial activities.

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisites:

Middle School Science

Syllabus:

Section 1: Introduction 

Objectives:

  • Introduction to Science
  • Collecting & Measuring Data
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • How Ethical beliefs affect the global climate and the efforts to aid reverse global warming like Going Green
  • How personal Ethics affects the Environment
  • Careers in Environmental Science

Lessons:

  • Introduction to Science
  • Data and Its Measurement
  • Representing Data
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Global Warming and Going Green
  • Careers in Environmental Science 

Section 2: The Science Behind Environmental Science

Objectives:

  • The Foundations of Environmental Science
  • Thinking from a System’s Perspective
  • Introduction to the Concept of Energy
  • Laws of Conservation of Energy

Lessons:

  • Foundations of Environmental Science
  • Systems Thinking
  • Energy in Environmental Science
  • Mechanical & Thermal Energy
  • Conservation of Energy

 

Section 3: Biology & Environmental Science

Objectives:

  • Populations and their dynamics
  • Factors that affect biodiversity
  • Sustainable practices & their implementation
  • Global warming and its impact on the Environment

Lessons:

  • Population Dynamics
  • Biodiversity and Population Growth
  • Sustainability
  • Global Warming

Section 4: Case Studies

Objectives:

  • What is DDT and what impact did DDT have on the Environment?
  • Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and its impact on policy
  • Environmental issues related to the marine world
  • What is MPRSA and how did it affect the wellbeing of the marine world?

Lessons:

  • DDT
  • Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
  • Protecting Our Marine World
  • Impact of MPRSA

Section 5: Politics, Policy, Ethics & Leaders

Objectives:

  • Which countries pollute the most and which countries suffer as a result
  • How can countries make the environment a priority
  • The role politics plays when it comes to environmental protection
  • The role economics plays when it comes to environmental protection
  • What can happen when our ethics guide our policies on the environment
  • What role does the EPA play in the United States
  • What are some of the key environmental initiatives pursued by various countries
  • Who are some leaders who are risking their lives to protect the environment

Lessons:

  • Who Pollutes, Who Pays
  • Making Environment a Priority
  • The Politics of Environmental Protection
  • Economics & The Environment
  • Ethics & The Environment
  • Role of the EPA
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Thought Leaders

 

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