What is one of the preeminent challenges of environmental science?
Sustainable livingCHAPTER 1, p. 2
What is environmental science?
The systematic study of our environment.CHAPTER 1, p. 4; Glossary, p. 382
What are the four criteria for environmental literacy suggested by the National Environmental Education Advancement Project in Wisconsin?
1. Awareness and appreciation of the natural and built environment2. Knowledge of natural systems and ecological concepts3.
Understanding of current environmental issues
4. Ability to use analytical and problem-solving skills on environmental issuesCHAPTER 1, p. 4
According to our textbook, what should be a central theme of human activity?
SustainabilityCHAPTER 1, p. 9
What is science?
A process for producing empirical knowledge by observing natural phenomena.CHAPTER 1, p. 11
What is empiricism?
Careful observation of the world’s fundamental processes and natural laws to gain understanding.
CHAPTER 1, p. 11
What does the peer review process ensure?
Integrity, skepticism, and accuracy through good standards in study design, data collection, and interpretation of results.CHAPTER 1, p. 11
What is inductive reasoning?
Reasoning from many observations to produce a general rule. We observe, for example, that birds appear and disappear as a year goes by. Through many repeated observations in different places, we can infer that the birds move from place to place.
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