Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Reading Guide Ch. 4   From Chemistry to Energy of Life
Key vocabulary
Chemical energy
Half life
Fossil record

Ionic compound
Potential energy
Atom and its parts
Cellular respiration

Key ideas
  • Explain the fundamentals of environmental chemistry and apply them to real-world situations
  • Describe the molecular building blocks of living organisms
  • Describe how isotopes are used to study the earth a long time ago
  • Differentiate among the types of energy and recite the basics of energy flow
  • Distinguish photosynthesis, respiration, and chemosynthesis, and summarize their importance to living things
  • Itemize and evaluate the major hypotheses for the origin of life on Earth
  • Outline our knowledge regarding early life and give supporting evidence for each major concept
Application questions (pp. 114-115).  Answer in complete sentences
o   Testing your comprehension -  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
o   Seeking solutions –  1, 3, 5

o   Interpreting graphs and data – 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chapter 3 Reading Guide Due 9/14 No Outline I will provide.

Ch. 3   Environmental Policy:  Decision Making and Problem Solving
Key vocabulary
Public Policy
Rachel Carson and “Silent Spring”
Market incentives
Environmental Policy
National Environmental Policy Act
External Cost
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Revolving door
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
US House of Representatives
US Senate
Executive branch
United Nations
Judicial branch
General Mining Law of 1872
World Bank
Regulatory taking
Green taxes
European Union

World Trade Organization (WTO)
Key ideas
·        Why is environmental policy needed to address environmental issues?
·        Outline an “Overview of US Environmental Policy” including the 3 branches of government and what tools each branch can use to address environmental issues.
·        What did “Silent Spring” do for environmentalists and environmental policy?
·        What does the EPA do?  What are they responsible for?
·        Describe how subsidies are tools of environmental policy.  Include specific examples of subsidies
·        Describe steps in the environmental policy process
·        Describe how Mexico and the US have worked together internationally to manage water
Application questions (pp. 86-87).  Answer in complete sentences
o   Testing your comprehension -  1,3,5,4,6,7, 10
o   Seeking solutions –  3,5,6

o   Interpreting graphs and data – 1, 3

Friday, September 4, 2015

Economics in a Free World Reading Assignment

Chapter two Reading Questions combined with Economics in a Free World Due 9/9 (4th) 9/10 (5th)
  1. You need money, we all do, it is called the economy there is no escaping it.
  2. Describe uneconomic growth.  How does it fit into the sustenance economy and the capitalist economy?
  3. GDP and GPI are different ways of “measuring” the economy, describe each and highlight the differences.  What might be a way we can grow GDP and decrease our ecological footprint (think services of your ecological footprint)
  4. Describe when growth is “bad” for the environment.
  5. Thing about the grocery store, in particular the fresh produce and meat section, what happens to “fresh” products after they are not fresh anymore.  How could this be reduced and fall within a sustainable economy.
  6. Do you believe happiness should be included in a measure for the health of an economy?  How about employment?
  7. China has had a high level of growth over the last few years, is it sustainable?  Explain.  Look up what has happened in the last week in China in regards to their economy.  What did you find.
  8. What is neoclassical economics?  Describe some of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and if you agree with those assumptions. 
  9. How does neoclassical economics fit in with the ideas set out in the “Economics in a Full World”
  10. What is a classic supply demand curve?  What is a  cost benefit analysis?  How do they differ and how are they the same?  Might there be a time when where the lines intersect on the graph not be the optimal place.  Give an example (this will require some deep thinking and maybe asking for help from those around you.  Hint: sometimes we want to discourage people from doing something not using laws or regulations) 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Chapter 2 Reading guide due 9/8

Reading Guide           Ch.2   Environmental Ethics and Economics: Values and Choices
Key vocabulary
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cost benefit analysis
Classical economics
Walt Whitman
Neoclassical economics
Adam smith
Relativist and universalist
John Muir
Subsistence economy
Capitalist market economy
Preservation ethic
John Stuart Mill
Aldo Leopold
Gifford Pinochot
External cost
Centrally planned economy
Henry David Thoreau

Key ideas
·        Describe how worldview can influence choices people make that affect the environment
·        Describe ethics as it relates to environmental science
o   Including the history
·        Describe precepts of classical and neoclassical economic theory, and summarize their implications for the environment. Including growth and sustainability
·        Differentiate GDP from GPI
·        Describe what value the environment has in terms of economics
Application questions (pp. 54-56).  Answer in complete sentences
·        Testing your comprehension -  4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
·        Seeking solutions –  3, 5, 6

·        Interpreting graphs and data - 1-3