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Last reply by: Bryan Cardella
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:34 PM

Post by R Abdullah on July 21, 2015

Hi Professor Cardella,

I am planning to self-study AP Environmental Science for the 2015-2016 year. I was wondering if you can recommend a textbook that follows your course.

Thank you,

Rasheed Abdullah

Major Themes in AP Environmental Science

  • The six main themes of Environmental Science are human population growth, sustainability and carrying capacities, global solutions, urbanization, people’s relationship to nature, and ethics in science
  • Human population growth (especially over the last 60 years) has major effects on resources and future growth could be troubling with regard to carry capacity. Famine and food crises have occurred many times in the last 60 years
  • The objective with regard to resources and populations is sustainability. To achieve a sustainable global economy we need population control, restructured energy programs, economic planning, social/legal/political controls, and increased knowledge of our carrying capacity
  • The Gaia hypothesis is a revealing theory about how life has impacted Earth and vice versa
  • Urbanization is has become a ubiquitous problem worldwide. There has been a recent trend of more and more people moving into cities. Also, the number of megacities (like Tokyo) has increased. By 2015, Asia is projected to have the most megacities
  • People and nature impact one another in many ways. One of the crucial questions is: can we have a sustainable environment AND a sustainable economy?
  • In terms of ethics and our approach to these environmental science problems, there are intellectual standards to which we must abide. For instance, the Precautionary Principle tells use to be proactive rather than reactive. Some justifications for our actions/approach are: utilitarian, ecological, aesthetic, recreational, moral, and cultural

Major Themes in AP Environmental Science

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  • Intro 0:00
  • 6 Main Themes 0:05
    • Human Population Growth
    • Sustainability and Carrying Capacity
    • Global Solutions
    • Urbanization
    • People and Nature
    • Science and Ethics
  • Human Population Growth 4:03
    • Largest Increase Began in the Last Half of the 20th Century
    • Famine and Food Crises
  • Sustainability and Carrying Capacity 9:29
    • Objective is Sustainability
    • Sustainable Global Economy
    • Carrying Capacity
  • Global Issues and Solutions 14:49
    • Global Perspective
    • Gaia Hypothesis
  • Urbanization 17:04
    • Trend of Moving Into Cities
    • Tokyo Currently has the Largest Population in a Single City
  • People and Nature 20:04
    • Misconceptions
    • Sustainable Environment and Sustainable Economy
  • Science and Ethics 24:12
    • Intellectual Standards
    • Precautionary Principle
    • Justifications