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What is the study of the interaction of humans with the natural environment?

Environmental science

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What does the environment include?

• Water and air
• Climate
• Soil and landforms
• Presence of other living landforms

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Why is environmental science interdisciplinary?

It includes concepts and ideas from multiple fields of study.

3

What is a resource that can be replenished within a human lifetime?

Renewable

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What is a resource that is replenished extremely slowly if at all?

Nonrenewable

5

What is the estimated supply of coal

861 billion tons

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What is pollution that will break down eventually over time?

Biodegradable pollution

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What is pollution that doesn't break down?

Nonbiodegradable pollution

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What is the number of different species present in one specific ecosystem?

Biodiversity

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What is the complete loss of a species, that can be accelerated by human actions?

Extinction

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How many known major extinctions have occurred in the history of Earth?

Five

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What is the background rate for mammal extinctions?

1 mammal every 200 years

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What is the discipline that studies the moral relationship of human beings to the environment?

Environmental ethics

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What does anthropocentrism mean?

Human centered