Unit 1 — Sustainability

environment
all living and nonliving things with which we interact
environmental science
the study of humanity’s relationships with the Earth’s living and nonliving things
sustainability
the ability of the Earth’s natural, human, and economic systems to survive and adapt to changing environmental conditions.
renewable resources
resources that replenish
nonrenewable resources
resources that are essentially irreplaceable; they may degrade or be used up much faster than they can replenish
natural capital
resources that have a natural origin
solar capital
resources that originate with the sun
environmental wisdom
understanding how nature works and sustains itself
urban sprawl
the spreading of a city and its suburb over rural land at the fringe of an urban area.
megalopolis
a large city with a population of 10 million or more