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SCI-2020 Introduction to Sustainability

Week 4 Resources

Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignments. The resources may include textbook reading assignments, journal articles, websites, links to tools or software, videos, handouts, rubrics, etc.

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation

In this chapter, you will learn about the water cycle, the supply of fresh water, pollution, and the mining of resources.  Case studies focusing on the loss of the Aral Sea and the “Love Canal” disaster provide insight on sustainability issues.

Chapter 5 “Physical Resources: Water, Pollution, and Minerals”

Read from page 149 to page 232  

Theis, T. & Tomkin, J. (Eds.). (2018). Sustainability: A comprehensive foundation. OpenStax CNX. http://cnx.org/contents/1741effd-9cda-4b2b-a91e-003e6f587263@45.1.

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation

In this chapter, you will learn about how economics can be applied to the study of the allocation of scarce resources in nature. It introduces how to best manage resources and invest in environmental quality. A case study in how overfishing of marine fisheries has had far-reaching consequences for the environment.

Chapter 6 “Environmental and Resource Economics”

Read from page 233 to page 266 

Theis, T. & Tomkin, J. (Eds.). (2018). Sustainability: A comprehensive foundation. OpenStax CNX. http://cnx.org/contents/1741effd-9cda-4b2b-a91e-003e6f587263@45.1

Pollution Video Exploration

The following website is a collection of videos that highlights the issue of pollution around the world. Select at least four (but you can watch as many as you would like) videos that interest you to learn more about how pollution affects communities, individuals, and the environment. By the time you are done reviewing your selected videos, you will have a greater understanding of just how important addressing pollution issues is to the future.

Pollution Prevention (P2)

In this web exploration, you will learn how the United States Environmental Protection Agency website on pollution prevention (P2) encourages practices to reduce, eliminate, or prevent pollution at its source or “source reduction.” Research at least two articles each under “Learn about P2,” “What you can do,” and “Additional P2 resources.”

Environmental Protection Agency (n.d.). Pollution prevention (P2). https://www.epa.gov/p2