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Scientific principles for sustainable energy

Solar energy


Biodiversity


Chemical cycling

Environmental science

Study of how humans interact with living and non living part of their environment

3 goals of environmental science

1) learn how life on earth has survived and thrived


2) understand how we interact with the environment


3) find ways to deal with environmental problems and live more sustainably (solutions)

Sustainability

systems to survive, flourish, and adapt in long term

Ecology

Biological study of how living things interact with one another in their environment

Ecology

Biological study of how living things interact with one another in their environment

Organisms

Living things

Ecology

Biological study of how living things interact with one another in their environment

Organisms

Living things

Species

A group of organisms

Ecosystem

A set of organisms within a defined area that interact with one another with their environment and nonliving matter and energy

Environmentalism

A social movement dedicated to trying to protect the earth life-support systems for all forms of life

3 Scientific principles of sustainability

Dependence on solar energy


Biodiversity


Chemical cycling

Natural capital

The natural resources and natural services that keep us another species alive and support human economies

Natural services or ecosystem services

Processes provided by healthy ecosystems

Natural resources

Materials and energy in nature that are essential or useful to humans

Examples of natural services or ecosystem services

Purification of air and water


Renewal of topsoil


Pollination

Vital natural service

Chemical/nutrient cycling

Topsoil

A vital natural resource that provides food for land animals

Degrade natural capital

Using normally renewable resources faster than a nature can restore them

Three principles of sustainability from social sciences

Full cost pricing: (economics) clothes harmful environmental and health costs producing and using goods and services



Win win: (political science)


Responsibility to future generations: ( Ethics)

Resource

Anything that we can obtain from the environment to meet our needs and wants

Inexhaustible resource

The sun continue to supply

Renewable resource

When that can be replenished by natural process within hours to centuries as long as it's not used up faster

Sustainable yield

The highest rate at which we can use a renewable resource indefinitely without reducing it's available supply

Non renewable/ exhaustible resources

Exist in a fixed quantity or stock in the earths crust

How to sustain nonrenewable resources

Refuse


Reduce


Reuse


Recycle

More developed countries

17% us Canada Japan Australia Europe

Less developed countries

83%