Environmental Science Lab

Topic: Energy

In Unit 1, you investigated the structure and function of healthy ecosystems and how they recover from disturbance. The unit materials stressed that humans need healthy ecosystems to supply them with natural resources. Then in Unit 2, you looked at how societies progress from agrarian cultures to ones based on industrialization and technology. This week, you will investigate how all of that industry is powered.

In this unit, you will do the following:

· Evaluate energy production and sources

· Compare environmental impacts and alternatives

“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy–sun, wind and tide. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” — Thomas A. Edison (Goodreads, 2018)


Business Insider. (2016, September 20). Mapping the world’s energy sources [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFXtK6zSbEA

Goodreads. (2018). Thomas A. Edison > Quotes > Quotable quotes. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/69333-we-are-like-tenant-farmers-chopping-down-the-fence-around

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