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Environmental Science Worksheet
Answer the following questions in at least 100 words. The answers are found in Ch. 1–4 of Environmental Science.
1. What would you include in a brief summary on the history of the environmental movement?
Environmentalist can trace the history of environmental issue back to ancient times where air and water pollution as well as soil conservation were concerns for the ancestors of modern civilization. Places like ancient Rome was infamous for streets filled with sewage. During the Middle Ages, a plague in Europe as well as the use of coal for heating in England warranted concern with public health. As centuries came and went health problems increased. The Earth’s natural resources were diminishing. Some believed the causes were natural; however, studies concluded that the steady increase in population is a co-conspirator. In the 1960s when noticeable natural disasters were occurring, the environmental movement became forefront. The oil spills in California and Massachusetts raised serious issues warranting an environmental conference to prompt international awareness of environmental concerns. A combination of one natural disaster after another gave birth to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in early 1980s. The EPA implemented measures for environmental improvements. It was also in the 1980s that the Chernobyl disaster spawned further action by world leaders to birth the Montreal Pact in 1987. This pact promised worldwide support for environmental concerns.
2. Explain the main point concerning exponential growth and whether it is good or bad. Compare exponential growth to a logistic growth curve and explain how these might apply to human population growth. What promotes exponential growth? What constrains population growth?
Exponential growth happens when the rate of growth of a function is proportioned to the current function. For example, exponential growth...