AP Environmental Science Study Outline

Kui Tang August 2008

ence: Earth as a Living Planet
source for these notes.

This guide follows the College Board's Topic Outline.

by Botkin and Keller, 6th edition, was the main

Environmental Sci-

Contents
1 Earth Systems and Resources
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Earth Science Concepts The Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Global Water Resources and Use

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3 3 5 7

Soil and Soil Dynamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2 The Living World
2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Ecosystem Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Energy Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ecosystem Diversity

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8 11 11 12 13

Natural Ecosystem Change

Natural Biogeochemical Cycles

3 Populations
3.1 3.2 Population Biology Concepts 3.2.1 3.2.2 3.2.3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Human Population . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Human Population Dynamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Population Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Impacts of Population Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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4 Land and Water Use
4.1 Agriculture 4.1.1 4.1.2 4.2 4.3 4.4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feeding a Growing Population Controlling Pests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Forestry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rangelands 4.4.1 4.4.2 Other Land Uses

Urban Land Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transportation Infrastructure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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4.4.3 4.4.4 4.4.5 4.5 4.6 4.7

Public and Federal Lands

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Land Conservation Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sustainable Land-Use Strategies

Mining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Global Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5 Energy Resources and Consumption
5.1 5.2 Energy Concepts 5.2.1 5.2.2 5.2.3 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Energy Consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Present Global Energy Use

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Future Energy Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Fossil Fuel Resources and Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nuclear Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hydroelectric Power Renewable Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Energy Conservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

6 Pollution
6.1 Pollution Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.1.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 6.1.4 6.2 6.2.1 6.2.2 6.3 Air Pollution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noise Pollution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Water Pollution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Solid Waste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hazards to Human Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hazardous Chemicals in the Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Impacts on the Environment and Human Health

Economic Impacts

7 Global Change
7.1 7.2 7.3 Stratospheric Ozone Global Warming 7.3.1 7.3.2 7.3.3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loss of Biodiversity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Habitat loss; overuse; pollution; introduced species; endangered and extinct species Laws and Treaties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Maintenance Through Conservation

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Earth Systems and Resources
1. Average Residence Time (ART): ratio of size of reservoir to rate of transfer through reservoir:

ART = S/F
Where

S

is size of reservoir and

F

is rate of transfer.

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1.1
1.

Earth Science Concepts

Lithosphere is crust.
(a) Tectonic: can create ecological islands. i. Divergent plates boundaries occur at a spreading ocean ridge (seaoor spreading). ii. Convergent plate boundaries occur when plates collide. A.

2. Geological cycles include

Subduction
des).

is the heavy ocean rock diving beneath the light

continental rock. May produce coastal mountain ranges (An-

B. Continental collisions may produce continental mountains. iii. Transform fault boundaries occur when one plate slides past another. (b) Hydrologic (c) Rock (d) Biogeochemical 3.

Earthquake occurs when tectonic plates under pressure rupture, releasing
huge amounts of energy (more than a large nuclear explosion), usually at 1015 km along faults. (a) Fault planes bar groundwater. Rocks crushed, then altered into clay. Water forced to surface, creating vital habitats, especially where arid.

4.

Volcanic eruption

occurs when magma rises to the surface.

Energy

released varies broadly. Volcanoes occur along tectonic plate boundaries, where active melting of rocks favors extrusion of magma, parts of plates where local hot spots heat and melt rock. 5. along central

or

Tsunami is a series of large waves produced after the vertical disturbance
of ocean. 80% are produced by earthquakes. They travel at jet aircraft speeds but slow and get taller as they approach the surface.

1.2

The Atmosphere

1. Composition is 78% N2 , 21% O2 , 0.9% Ar, 0.03% CO2 . 2. Structure in order is: troposphere, tropopause (condensation traps water vapor), stratosphere (O3 ), stratopause, mesosphere, mesopause, thermosphere. 3. 25% of incoming solar radiation reected straight into space, 25% absorbed by atmosphere.

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4. Atmospheric circulation: (1) rotation and (2) dierential heating. (a) Low pressure at equator, 5060 . (b) High pressure from descending air 2530

arid. Sandwiched be-

(c) (d)

Easterlies Trade winds

tween two zones of high precipitation (low pressure). at poles and

Westerlies

from 3060

meet at 60 .

blow to west; meet at equator, where

(regions with little air movement). 5.

doldrums

occur

El Niño events (also ENSO) occur every 27 years, lasting for 11 1 years. 2
East-west trade winds weaken and eastern Pacic waters warm

→ tropical

rainfall shifts from Indonesia to South America. Floods in Peru; droughts and res in Indonesia and Australia. Upwelling at South American coastline is suppressed. (a) 6.

Natural.

Tornadoes are funnel-shaped clouds of rapidly rotating wind.
precipitates.

La Niña opposite; exaggerate normal patterns.

They form

out of severe thunderstorms that occur when a cold air mass collides with a warm one. Water vapor in the warm part is forced upwards, cools, then

7.

Hurricanes are tropical storm with circulating winds of at least 120 km/h
that moves across tropical ocean. (a) An organized mass of thunderstorms with low pressure begin to circulate, forming a .

tropical depression

(b) Huge amounts of energy are stored as

Condensation releases this energy, warming air.

latent heat 

vaporization.

As this air rises,

more water is drawn, increasing the size of the hurricane. (c) Rain bands form as the warm air rises. (d) Nearing landfall, hurricanes may slow down in shallower water, but

warm water increases intensity.
Storm surges
by high tide.

(e)

occur when the hurricane winds push water towards

the coast, which may rise to be over 10 m and may be exacerbated

8.

Heat waves

are extended periods of unusually hot weather caused by They are considered Global warming may have

most deadly
9.

heating of atmosphere and moving of air masses. of all weather-related hazards. increased their severity and incidence.

Droughts are long-term (months to years) periods of usually dry weather
that are related to natural cycles of wet and dry years, which in turn are not well understood.

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10. Coriolis eect is apparent deection of moving objects when viewed from a rotating frame of reference. (a) Free objects on surface appear to go right in Northern hemisphere and left in southern. (b) Air and water ows

right

in north,

left

in south.

(c) Responsible for cyclones.

1.3
1.

Groundwater is water below the water table, which is saturated.
(a) Surface water enters at (b) (c)

Global Water Resources and Use

20%.

(d) (e)

Vadose zone Aquifer Cone of depression
euent.

recharge

and exit at

discharge

zones.

is unsaturated area above water table where water moves.

is underground zone where water can be extracted at a useful

rate. Gravel or sand. occurs where well is: water level is locally lower.

Euent streams maintain ow during dry weather by groundwater
seepage (they are below water table). Most perennial streams are

(f )

Inuent

streams are entirely above water table; ows only in re-

(g)

Reaches
ered. i.

sponse to precipitation. Called

ephemeral stream.

are sections of a stream that may be euent, inuent, or

intermediate. (h) Though reserves are huge (conservatively 200 years of Mississippi ow), pumping costs limit amount that can be economically recov-

Overdraft occurs when withdrawal rate > natural inow.

damage ecosystems, land subsidence.

ii. Essentially nonrenewable because it can

iii. TexasOklahomaHigh Plains area (Ogallala aquifer): prime example. Used 20 times faster than being renewed. 2. Surface and ground-water related: (a) Use groundwater

decrease surface levels

(b) Divert surface water too.

crease

decrease ground levels and quality OR

pollutants if divert to recharge zone.

Pollution interrelated

in-

3. Ocean circulation

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(a) Oceanic conveyor belt: 4 C), sinks to bottom.

(Gulf Stream) water 1213 C arrives at Up-

Greenland. Cooled and becomes more saline in North America (2

Flows south, east, north into Pacic.

welling starts warm shallow current. Keeps N. Europe 510 C cooler. (b) Forces include: rotation, gravity of moon.

wind

, temperature and salinity dierences,

4. Only 50% of precipitation is considered available 95% of the time. 5.

expensive to transport water.

Desalination will remain expensive because it has place value:
(a) Discharge of brine waste may damage ecosystems.

it is very

6. Stream usage (a) (b) (c)

O-stream use is removal and return (power plant). Consumptive use is not returned (drinking, irrigation). In-stream use uses the stream itself or modies it. Each use requires
dierent rates of discharge that cannot be met simultaneously. i. Hydroelectric power prefers large uctuations. ii. Fish and wildlife prefer larger ows in spring and summer, as does recreation. iii. Navigation prefers constant ow.

(d) Aral Sea demonstrates that removing too much water is deleterious to ecosystems. The sea area has been reduced by 40%, volume by 50%. Economically important sh are dying, and shing towns bordering the sea are now inland. Restoration just beginning. 7. Industrial and domestic use (U.S.) (a) Agriculture, industry began leveling o around 1980. Suggests conservation working. (b) Water for public supply continue to increase. 8. Conservation expects to to increase.

reduce total withdrawals

yet allow consumption

(a) Agriculture can reduce 2030%: i. Don't subsidize water. ii. Integrate surface and groundwater use: use store surface water (inltration pool or injection well) when abundant, groundwater when not. iii. Use high-tech to maximize delivery eciency. Irrigate when

evaporation is minimal. Use improved irrigation (drip).

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iv. Improve soil:

inltration,

runo.

v. Use crops that require less water or are more salt-tolerant. (b) Domestic use is only 10%, but

concentrated in urban.

i. Don't do lawns in semi-arid regions! ii. Use ecient bathroom xtures1.6 gpf instead of 5.0. iii. Utilities should price water based on non-linear curve to encourage consumption. (c) Industry can reduce electricity generating water 2530% by using low water/no water evaporation tower, in-plant water reuse. (d)

Perception

impacts people's attitudes toward water conservation.

i. Tucson: people think it's desert; conserve. Water expensive. For example, price per unit increases if usage increases past baseline. ii. Phoenix: water cheap; people don't bother conserving. 9. In wet years, plenty of surface water, and groundwater is recharged. Dry years,

need emergency plans to minimize hardship:

(a) Plan to drill and connect wells for deep groundwater, even though too expensive to normally use. (b) Prepare to treat waste water for reuse when needed.

1.4

Soil and Soil Dynamics

1. Rock Cycle (a) (b)

Igneous rock forms from lava. Cracking, weathering split. Sedimentary rock forms from pressure of lots of sediment: sition + lithication.
i. Weathered rock. ii. Carbon sediments by life.

depo-

(c)

Metamorphic rock forms from sedimentary rocks transformed through
heat, pressure, or chemicals. May be uplifted into open. are

2.

Soils

processes into

earth materials horizons:

modied by physical, geological, and biological

(a) O: black organic layer. Decomposing stu. (b) White powderbleached of organic compounds. (c) A: mineral and organic. Brown/light-black. Minerals leach here. (d) E: lighter-colored because clay, minerals leached. (e) B: zone of accumulation (of leached stu above).

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(f ) C: parent materialpartially weathered bedrock. 3. Rainwater (pH 4. Soil fertility (a) Young rocks fertile: corn belt (recent glacier). (b) Semiarid regions fertile; need water. (c) Humid areas/tropics infertile: leaching due to rainfall. Most nutrients in vegetation. Succession dicult if forest cleared. 5. Semiarid soils expand and contract with water. Damage buildings. 6.

= 5.5)

leaches minerals.

Clay

hold water.

enough for growth but still drains. Coarser soils more easily eroded.

Sand

allows water to drain. Combination retains water

7. 8.

Loams

are best soils; have all particle sizes. occur when driving forces (gravity) that tend to move soil

Landslides

and things in the soil down a slope overcome resisting forces that hold the ground in place (interlocking grains, natural cementing, plant roots,

reduces
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strength of materials on slope). Addition of water or removal of vegetation resisting forces. Some landslides are reactivations of prehistoric slides; these areas repeatedly experience landslides (see La Conchita). (a) In mountains, create lakes by damming valleys.

Floodplain is river and atland draining into it.
ally. (a) Deposit nutrients on oodplain. (b) Wetlands provide habitat.

Naturally, oods annu-

(c) Floodplain is distinct from adjacent environments

diversity.

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2.1
1.

The Living World
Ecosystem Structure

Ecosystem is the simplest entity that can sustain life.
cycling and energy ow.

Support chemical

2.

Habitat is where a species lives; niche is what it does.
(a) Conservation requires paying attention to both, as well as

symbionts.

obligate

(b) Predation can increase diversity by mitigating competitive exclusion.

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3.

Watershed denition of ecosystem:
same stream.

delineated by land that drains into

4.

another by aecting intermediary species or the environment. (a) Sea otters (b) 5.

Community-level interactions occur when a species indirectly

aects

Keystone species are necessary for the basic nature of a community.

eat key urchins →

allow kelp to grow.

Biotic provinces are geographic regions (including ocean) inhabited by
characteristic set of taxa sharing ductively isolated from other provinces. (a) Formed by continental drift. (b) Safer to introduce species within its biotic province.

common evolutionary history

and repro-

6.

Biomes are dened by climate, which selects for common traits (convergent evolution). Migration and evolution supply new species. (a)

7.

Island biogeography:

smaller and more distant islands have fewer species.

(overshing), patches of uncut forest. 8. Major biomes

Ecological island is a separated small habitat:

park, oceanic island

(a) Tundragrasses, mosses, lichens; dwarf shrubs. i. Arctic tundra has large animals; (b) Taiga/Boreal Forestconifers. portant. i.

alpine tundra

does not.

Low biodiversity; commercially im-

Northern America and Eurasia. China, Japan, W. Europe, U.S., urbanized Canada. North America, New Zealand.
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ii. Moose, deer, wolves, bears, foxes, squirrels, rabbits. iii. Water foul, owls, eagles. iv. Disturbances, esp. re, frequent. (c) Temperate Deciduoushardwood trees. i.

ii. Most changed by humans. iii. Small mammals, birds, insects. (d) Temperate Rain Forestsconifers. i.

ii. Rare. Conifers because they photosynthesize during non-freezing

(e) Temperate Woodlandssmall trees, open. i.

Drier than deciduous forest, same temperature. Mediterranean, SoCal, Chile, S. Africa. Sage
plant. Aromatic.

ii. Fire regular. iii. Forest plantations in this biome. (f ) Temperate Shrublands ( i.

chaparral)  shrubs.

ii. Most attractive to people; little native left. iii.

iv. Reptiles, small mammals. v. Fire regular. (g) Temperate Grasslandsmidpoint between forest and desert. i.

N. American prairie, steppes of Eurasia, plains of Africa, pampas of South America.

ii. Rich organic soil. iii. Most important agriculturally. iv. Largest abundance and diversity of large mammals. v. Fire and grazing maintain identity as grassland. (h) Tropical Rain Forests i. Soil low in nutrients; plants adapted to rapidly uptake. ii. Found in very remote regions. (i) Tropical Seasonal Forests and Savannas i.

India, Southeast Asia, Africa, South/Central America.

ii. High temperature, variable rainfall. iii. Fire and grazing maintain identity. (j) Desertsrainfall < 50 cm/year. (k) Wetlandssoil has little oxygen; slow decay. Flooded and saturated at least several days a year. i. Bogs have water entry but no outlet. ii. Swamps and marshes have entry and exit. iii. Produce fossil fuels. iv. Bacteria produce CH4 , H2 S. v. Saltwater marsh: breeding ground for oceanic animals. vi. Services: A. Reservoir. Hold high ow; release to augment low ow. B. Important areas of groundwater recharge or discharge. C. 45% endangered animals, 26% endangered birds depends on wetlands. D. Natural lters: plants trap sediment and toxin.

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E. Important production and storage of biomass, rich soil. vii. Perhaps 90% of freshwater wetlands lost. viii. Urbanization usually on coast, riverbank, or other place favorable to wetlands. ix. Most wetlands now privately owned. (l) Freshwaters i.

Estuaries 

mouth of riversrich in nutrients.

ii. Important source of water for animals, civilization. (m) Intertidalmajor economic resource, algae (including kelp). i. Easily polluted; manipulated by people, recreation, urbanization. ii. Extreme changes are part of life. (n) Open Ocean

pelagic region.

Low in N, P.

(o) Benthosdeeps. Food is dead stu that falls from above. Too dark. (p) Upwellingsdeep ocean water rich in nutrients. Flows bring nutrients to surface. West coast of America, Africa, ice caps. Sometimes wind pushes coastal waters away, pulling deep water up. (q) Hydrothermal Ventschemosynthesis. Unusual life-forms. High pressure, extremely variable temperature.

2.2

Energy Flow

1. Photosynthesis and cell respiration 2.

Biological production is capture of energy into organic molecules; net
production is the biomass/energy

stored

, not used.

3. Food webs and trophic levels (a) Species that feed on multiple levels classied by the highest. (b) Naturally

1% energy transferred between trophic levels.

(c) Many freshwater ecosystems depend on detritus, as benthic. 4. Herbivores can eat stu humans can't eat (algae)

ing land. Vegetarianism for everybody does not maximize food resources.

or

graze without damag-

2.3
1.

Ecosystem Diversity

Biodiversity is expressed as number of species in an area, but popular
usage varies. (a) About 1.4M named species, mostly insects and plants and mostly in tropics.

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(b)

Genetic diversity is total number of genetic characteristics of group
(species, subspecies, arbitrary, etc.)

(c) (d)

Habitat diversity is dierent kinds of habitats in given area. Species diversity i. Species richness is total number, ii. Species evenness is relative abundance, iii. Species dominance is the most abundant species.

2.

Ecosystem services
Natural Ecosystem Change

2.4

1. Ecological Succession: early-succession species are adapted to harsh environment with plentiful resources ( -selected); later species are more resource-ecient but cannot withstand harsh environment ( -selected).

r

K

(a) Dune Successionconstantly formed and destroyed along sandy shores. i. Dune grass forms runners underground. Stabilize other seeds. ii. Small, hardy plants grow. iii. Eventually, trees. (b) Bog Successionsedge (grass-like herbs) put oating runners. i. Wind blows stu onto sedge mat; soil forms. ii. Plants grow on sedge; sedge thickens. Really oating mat. iii. Sediments deposit. iv. Eventually, wetland forest. (c) Old-Field Successionsmall, hardy plants, eventually trees. (d) Biodiversity, biomass increase (e) Gross production

peaks during middle succession.
↓.

↑;

net production

(f ) Vegetation retards erosion. (g) Ecosystem eventually runs out of biomass. (h) Species-interaction i. ii.

Facilitationone species prepares way for another (bog). Interferenceearly plants prevent entrance of later (dense grasses
prevent other seeds from reaching ground).

iii.

Life history dierenceslowly-propagating Chronic patchinessenvironment
never occurs.

species reaches

succession site later than do quickly-propagating species. iv. dominates and succession

2.

Wildres occur when vegetation cannot be decomposed quickly enough
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2.5

Natural Biogeochemical Cycles

Chemicals with a gas phase use atmosphere as reservoir and cycle quickly; chemicals lacking gas phase often exist in unusable forms and are often insoluble in water and cycle slowly. 1. Carbon (a) (b) (c) (d)

Reservoirs: Assimilation: Cycling: Loss

atmosphere, ocean, rocks, soil, fossil fuels. photosynthesis.

predation, weathering and erosion.

: respiration, decomposition (release CO2 ), forest res, burning

fossil fuels, volcanic eruption. Fossil fuel formation where too cold or not enough to decompose. (e)

Missing carbon sinkabout 3 GtC (billion metric tons of C) unaccounted for. i. Sink changes size. ii. Believe sink is terrestrial.

(f ) Carbon-silicate cycle: H2 CO3

+ XSiOn + CaCO3 → Ca2+ + HCO− + SiO2 3

These minerals precipitate and are extracted by marine organisms and form sediment in the ocean. Metamorphosis in subduction zones releases CO2 and reforms silica products. 2. Nitrogen (a) (b) (c)

Reservoirs: Assimilation: Cycling:
50% of N.

air, soil, ocean. nitrogen xation, lightning, industry (50%).

internal, erosion and runo, sea spray. Usually plants rst.

Ruminants have nitrogen-xing bacteria in their stomachs that prove

(d)

Loss:

de-nitrication, marine sedimentation.

3. Phosphorus (a) (b) (c)

(guano deposits), upwellings (winds push surface water away from land, exposing deeper, nutrient-rich water), uplifting of sedimentary rock. (d)

Reservoir: Assimilation: Cycling:

phosphates of Ca, K, Mg, Fe. uptake by plants, algae, some bacteria.

to ocean (in soluble form or suspension), ocean-feeding birds

Loss:

ocean sedimentation.

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4. Sulfur (a) (b) (c) (d) (e)

Reservoirs Available reservoirs: Assimilation: Cycling: Loss

: rock, soil. air, below ground.

root uptake, gaseous uptake.

litter fall (to ground), root leakage.

: to streams, to atmosphere.

5. Water (a) Local land-use changes can change precipitation. (b)

Drainage basin is land that drains into a particular stream/river.

6. Conservation of matter

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3.1

Populations
Population Biology Concepts
1. Logistic growth

unrealistic

: relies on

(a) Constant environment (b) Constant

K

(c) Homogeneous population (each has same impact) 2.

K can only be estimated if logistic curve has reached
growth rate slows). (a) Estimates before inection point undershoot. (b)

inection point

(when

Maximum sustainable yield
occurs at

20th century.

1 2 K , but unrealistic.

Mis-estimates led to over-harvest in

is the highest rate of growth and

3. Doubling time (reverse of half-life):

Td =
where

ln 2 0.7 ≈ k k

k

is the constant in

N = N0 ekt .

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3.2

Human Population

3.2.1 Human Population Dynamics
1. History (a) Hunter-gatherer; few million. 0.00011%. (b) Agriculture; 0.03% i. A.D. 1: 5M ii. 1600 500M (c) Industrial; 0.1% i. 1800: 900M ii. Doubled twice (3B) by 1960 (d) Modern; 1.2% (Total Fertility Rate = 2.5) 2. 95% of current growth from developing countries. 3. Demographic transition: (a) Lower death rate (medicine against acute illnesses) (b) Then, lower birth rate (education, wealth, social change) (c) Possibly repeat (medicine against chronic illnesses) 4. Age-structure diagrams show past, present, and future.

3.2.2 Population Size
1. Sustainability = zero population growth. 2.

Age of rst childbearing.

(a) 4050% of needed fertility reduction. (b) Sri Lanka. 3. Birth control. (a) Breastfeeding. (b) 46M abortions yearly. 4. National policies: information and access to birth control, explain problems of overpopulation, explain benets of fewer children, instituted rewards and punishments. (a) India (1952). (b) Ghana, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Philippines use tax disincentives.

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(c) Tanzania restrict maternity leave. (d) Singapore: bigger families more crowded, admission priority for small family. (e) Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India: government pays you for sterilization. (f ) China i. 1978: goal ZPG by 2000. ii. Achieved 1.0%.

3.2.3 Impacts of Population Growth
1. Ultimate cause of current unsustainability and current environmental problems. 2. Resources and food 3. Economics (a) Positive feedback in poor countries: low income keeps per-capita income low.

per capita peaked in 1960s1970s.

more children

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4.1

Land and Water Use
Agriculture

4.1.1 Feeding a Growing Population
1. Undernourishment: insucient calories. (a) Marasmuslack of protein and calories. i. Kwashiorkorlack of protein

failed neural development.

ii. Chronic hungerunproductive. (b) Malnourishment: lack of specic component.

people unproductive.

Long-term.

Makes

i. Macronutrients: C, H, N, O, P, S; Ca, Na, K. 2. Types of agriculture (a) (b) (c)

Rangelandfood for grazers/browsers. No plowing. Pastureplanted to provide animal feed. Organic farming
i. More like natural ecosystemnot monoculture. ii. Minimize negative impacts. iii. Food does not contain articial chemicals.

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(d) In

likely strains of pests and diseases. If they're wrong, you're screwed. In contrast, plants a mixture of crops or a broad yield but mitigates range of genotypes, resulting in lower risk of very-low-production.

monoculture organic farming

, seed companies predict growing season climates and

average

3. Plowing damages soil: succession to dierent climax or much more slowly.

Unnatural.

(a) Natural vegetation maintains structure and enriches soil. (b) Plowed land destroys structure and exposes soil; crops remove nutrients; heat decomposes nutrients. (c) Erosion damages water productivity. (d) 1mm soil produced 10 to 40 years. (e) (f ) 4.

Contour plowing is the s0ingle most eective way to reduce erosion. No-till agriculture allow some weeds, leave decaying plants.

Green Revolution is the post-war program that led to crops with higher
yields, better disease resistance, or better ability to grow in marginal conditions. (a) Rice hybridization at the International Rice Institute in the Philippines. (b)

Drip irrigation
places. 

ecient, but expensive, so not likely used in hungry

5. Genetic engineering and crop production (a) U.S.: 1/3 corn, > 1/2 canola oil, 3/4 soybeans. (b) Hybridization risks: superhybrid can grow where unwanted; superweed had genes transferred to it. (c)

Terminator gene sterilizes seeds.

(d) BT corn produces pesticide in

sumers; toxic pollen can kill monarch butteries. 6. Key to future food production appears to be increased production per unit area, on increasingly worse land. 7. Global warming

every

Prevents GMO spread. cell. Unknown eect on con-

decrease

yield because best soils have best suited climates.

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4.1.2 Controlling Pests
1.

2 1 3 harvest lost; 10 post-harvest lost.

2.

Devastating: Narrow-spectrum pesticide
(b)

(a) 1050 species of weeds infest each farm. cocklebur reduces soybean yield up 60%. targets one organism.

Elusive magic bullet.

(a) Unexpected eects continue to appear. 3. Natural pesticides safe, but not as eective 4.

Biological control uses predators and parasites to control pests.
(a)

Bacillus thuringiensis

(BT) infects caterpillars and others.

(b) Parasite wasps (of caterpillars): eective narrow-spectrum. (c) Ladybugs. (d) Sex pheromones to trap or confuse insects. 5.

Integrated pest management uses many techniques to control
than eliminate. (a)

rather

Diminishing returns Specic

as pest removal approaches 100%.

(b) Retaining pest population reduces ecosystem damage. (c) Move beyond monoculture.

Physical complexity of habitat reduces pests because it is harder for them to nd food.
application of chemical pesticide.

(d) No/low-till: natural predators of pests accumulate in soil. (e)

4.2

Forestry

1. Tree plantations can potentially supply world's timber in 10% of forestland.

Reduce pressure on other forests.

2. Forest res (a) Past suppression accumulation of fuel. Now, res are more dam-

aging, and may even burn away organic matter and old trees that normally survive res. 3. Forest management (silviculture) is complex and dicult, but easy to get data (tree rings). (a) Remove poor trees (b) Breed new strains (like crops)

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(c) Control diseases (usually fungal) and pests.

Little success.

i. Gypsy moth (introduced for silk) defoliate trees. ii. Insects eat leaves, buds, fruits, carry disease. (d) Cutting techniques i.

Shelterwood-cutting
promote regeneration.

Always young trees left.

cuts less desirable and dead trees rst.

ii.

Seed-tree cutting removes all but a few good, mature ones to Thinning cuts only poor, small trees.

iii.

4. National forests compose 11.2% of U.S. area; 12% Costa Rica; depend on amount of forest in country. 5. Clear-cutting is not absolutely bad or good; need to evaluate case-by-case. (a) Level ground, moderate rainfall, clear-cut can regenerate species. 6.

Ecosystem services include retarding erosion, moderating water availability, habitats for endangered species/other wildlife, impacting climate.

4.3
1.

Rangelands

Arid rangeland is easily damaged by grazing; 30% is done there. Overgrazing slows growth, reduces diversity, leads to dominance of un-

2. Cattle trample and erode stream banks and pollute streams. 3.

4. Carrying capacity 5.

desirable plants for grazing. decreases
human activity. (a)

Desertication is deterioration of dryish land due to climate change and

with aridity.

Marginal lands

cannot tolerate much human activity. Overstressed.

(b) Poisoned soil (persistent pesticide, . . . ) forces abandonment. (c) Irrigation in arid areas: salt residue accumulates to toxicity.

4.4

Other Land Uses

4.4.1 Urban Land Development
1. 45% live in cities today; 62% by 2025. (a) 75% in developed. (b) 38% is poorer developing.

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(c) Most estimated to live in country's largest city. 2. Cities, countryside mutually dependent. Many serious environmental problems occur at the interface. 3.

Site is the environmental features of location.
(a) Sometimes change: silting harbors destroys economic value.

4.

Situation is placement of city relative to other areas (e.g.
hub). (a)

transportation

Fall line

cities here.

is location of waterfall or rapids on major rivers.

Many

(b) Usually where people would naturally meet: conuence of rivers, river enter lake, next to mineral or spring. 5. Developments that make city seem more independent of nature actually increase dependence. 6. Buildings deect and channel wind, altering weather patterns. Generally, makes it more dicult to remove pollutants. 7.

Planned development:
(a)

fortress city and park city.

Design with nature soil.

attempts to take advantage of features that na-

ture provides instead of destroying nature. (b)

Garden cities are surrounded by greenbelts.
i. Compacted soil. Suer from water extremes.

(c) Urban trees face special stress:

Specially prepare

ii. Air pollution, dust, physical impact infection.

→ ↑

susceptible to fungal

iii. Must not produce messy leaf, fruit, or owers. iv. Usually, few species used

fragile ecosystem.

v. Early succession plants do best. vi. Endangered plants can be planted. Sometimes do well. (d) Habitats for wildlife. Can contribute to conservation. 8. Pests usually are generalists (share people's diet), r-selected. (a) Key to

eliminate habitats.

Don't leave garbage open!

(b) Identify natural t and naturally controlling factors. 9. Adversely aect water cycle.

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(a) Pavement prevents inltration. (b) Most cities have one sewer. During storms, runo may exceed treatment capacity, ejecting raw sewage. (c) Evaporation reduced (runo ) (d) Increased particulates (e)

higher temperature.

aquifer, and are cheaper than conventional drainage. 10. Soils lose vegetation 11.

Constructed wetlands

increased rain, clouds, fog.

often succeed in controlling runo, recharge

lose organic matter, organisms die, compacted.

Urban sprawl is uncontrolled growth, usually of suburbs.
(a) Presently, Maryland could urbanize as much land in 25 years as it has in history. (b) Boulder established blue line in 1959no water or sewer beyond. Limited residential and job growth. Economy grew. (c)

However,
ronment.

neighboring cities grew, and commuting is damaging envi-

12.

Made lands are articial.

Unnatural.

out rock support. Vulnerable to earthquake.

Unconsolidated 

loose ller with-

4.4.2 Transportation Infrastructure
1. Canal have smooth, steep banks, VERY fast water. Drown! (a) Much unforeseen environmental problems: Aswan High Dam + canals

snails with schistosomiasis. Nile oodwaters used to ush them.

(b) In some parts, almost everybody is aected by schistosomiasis. 2.

Channelization is modication of existing streams (straightening, widening, lining, deepening) to control oods, improve drainage, control erosion, improve navigation. (a) Fast ow lose sh habitats. banks cut. (b) Downstream ooding worse, since channelized section carries more water than supposed to. (c) Damage wetlands; depresses water table. (d) Increased temperature, since trees on

Not always bad for environmentdrainage projects benecial.

3. Roadless areas, when traversed by o-road vehicles, are very sensitive to erosion.

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4.4.3 Public and Federal Lands 1. Wilderness is area undisturbed by people; the only people are visitors.
(a) U.S. Wilderness Act of 1964 dene wilderness to be preserved. (b)

Limited visitorship and human uses. ecological islands;

(c) Act recognizes ecological value. 2.

Parks are open to public for recreation.
if one is too small, it will be ineffective for conservation.

3. Parks/preserves are

4. Management should involve minimal human activity and: (a) Preserve undisturbed nature of wilderness, (b) Provide people with wilderness experience.

4.4.4 Land Conservation Options
1. Restoration: controversial goals.

range of variation and ability to sustain self. (a) Kissimmee River, FL: undo channelization, restore soil layers in correct order. (b) Prairie restorationvery popular recently. Much original prairie remains along railroad; they were not plowed. (c) Early-succession grasses to restore damaged land (mining, urban). 2. Wetland restoration (a) Saltwater marsh restoration dicult because much more complex. (b)

Perhaps

restore ecosystem to historical

1969 National Environmental Policy Act
pensate.

mitigation require-

ment: if developer destroys wetland, must obtain or create to com-

(c) Trying to construct wetlands to clean up runowetlands have some natural buering capacity. (d) Restored wetlands have been fertilized with treated waste water.

4.4.5 Sustainable Land-Use Strategies
4.5 Mining
1. Minerals are essential for our high standard of living. Almost everything uses them. 2. Mineral formation

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(a)

Ore deposits

are formed when metals are concentrated in abnor-

mally high amounts by geologic processes. (b) As gravity condensed matter dispersed around into Earth, matter was heated. Iron and heavy metals sank toward molten center. (c) Crust formed of lighter materials.

(d) Plate boundaries: crust is

Not uniformly distributed because of selective dissolution, transport, and deposition. light rocks.
i. Divergent: cold water gets heated by molten rock and leaches metals. Dissolved and deposited as suldes. ii. Convergent: rocks saturated with seawater are forced together, heated, and subject to intense pressure. Metals in magma mobilize. A. Hg distilled out of plate as plate moves downward. They partially melt.

(e) Igneous processes i. Magma cools

minerals crystallize at dierent depths. Moves to cooler

ii. Groundwater is heated and carries minerals. rocks and deposits.

(f ) Sedimentary processes concentrate materials for extraction. i. Water and wind segregate sediments. ii.

Placer deposits
erals called

are found in crevices or ssures. They are con-

centrated mineral deposits formed by deposition of stream water that leaches metals from river basin.

California gold.

iii. A shallow marine basin may be isolated by uplifting at its boundaries. The water eventually dries up, precipitating dissolved min-

evaporates.

(g) Biological processes: i. Phosphates: guano. ii. Iron ore: gray belts are unoxidized, red belts are oxidized. Apparently major iron deposition stopped when [O2 ] reached current level. iii. Organisms form many minerals, such as Ca in shells and bones. 31 identied as biologically produced. (h) Weathering processes concentrates some minerals in soil. More soluble minerals are selectively removed by biological processes. i. Al, Ni, Co are important soil minerals. ii.

Secondary enrichment

produces S

2−

from lower grades.

A. Near surface, primary ores and slightly acidic soil water, with oxygen, form H2 SO4 and sulfates of Ag and Cu. B. Migrate downward, leaching minerals.

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C. Below water table, where no more oxygen, deposit as

enriching metal content of ores.

suldes,

3. Extraction (a)

Exploration

usually minimal impact, except for sensitive areas such

as wetlands, permafrost, arid lands. (b) As ores of lower grades are used, impact on resources increases. (c) Subsurface mines are much smaller, less visible, less waste rock. (d)

Surface mining

is cheaper, but has more direct environmental eects. Change to-

i. Large-scale environmental damage (beyond mine).

pography. Dust pollutes air, even though attempts to control. ii. Leaching of trace chemicalsCd, Co, Cu, Pd, Mo can nd their ways into soil and groundwater. Runo ponds help, but do not eliminate. iii. Indirect: change nutrient cycling, biomass, species diversity, ecosystem stability. iv. Accidental discharges of stored waste. (e)

Strip mining removes surface layer of soil to expose coal (or other
resource). Half of coal mined this way. i.

Acid mine drainage occurs when H2 O + FeS2 → H2 SO4 .
bris left over from mining.

De-

(f ) Social impacts of mining: rapid urbanization, then rapid closing. (g) Minimizing impacts: i. ii. iii. iv. land.

v.

Reclaim Stabilize contaminated soils Control air emissions. Prevent contaminated water from leaving. Treat waste.
lime. Perhaps with GM bacteria. A. $50 B worth of metals are recycled. 

often remove and dispose.

Neutralize acid with

vi. Recycling:

B. Iron/steel 90% by mass, 40% by value. C. Each ton saves: 1,136 kg iron ore, 455 kg coal, 18kg lime-

1 3 energy. D. Al recycling uses
stone. 4.

5% energy.

Reserve is the portion of resource that is identied and can be extracted legally and economically at the time of evaluation. Resource is anything
that can be extracted to obtain something useful. (a) Concentration is everythingit determines usefulness.

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(b) Except for Fe, nonmetals are used far more quickly than metals. (c) U.S. must import many strategic minerals (those necessary for military industrial complex) such as bauxite, Mn, graphite, Co, Sr, asbestos. i. Resulted in unlikely alliances between suppliers and consumers. Concessions on issues that would otherwise not happen. 5. Sustainability (a) Find ways to not use the mineral. Fiber optic obviates Cu; digital camera obviates Ag. (b) Eciency. (c)

R-to-C ratio:

namic.

R = known reserves; C = rate of consumption.

Dy-

6. Relevant laws and treaties (a) 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act required restoration. Success is dicult and often dubious.

4.6

Fishing

1. Fishing techniques (a)

Bottom trawling

rolls a 60m trawl net on ocean oor, catching and

destroying everything in its path. 2. 44% of marine shing in upwelling zones. 3. Ironically, shing was one of the rst human activities to be scientically managed. (a) Wrong assumptions of logistic curve. (b) Tragedy of the Commons: little incentive to limit harvest. 4. Currently not sustainable: increase in harvest Total population dropping.

eort. Predator sh
(a) (c)

accompanied by increase in

at 10% of preindustrial levels.

(b) Harvest levels peaked from 19701990.

Hunting

not likely to be sustainable: bison, whales. important protein source, growing. Ancient practice in

5.

Aquaculture
China. (a)

Mariculture
oyster, mussel.

(intertidal) much more productive than hunting for

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(b) Currently produce > 20%. 6. Laws and Treaties (a) 1972

Marine Mammal Protection Act sought to bring optimum

sustainable (b) 1982

International Whaling Commission's moratorium on commercial whaling protect 12 out of 80 species of whales.

population

rather than

yield.

4.7

Global Economics

1. Tragedy of the Commons: individuals' personal share of but loses in long term.

ploitation usually outweighs share of loss. Everybody wins in short term

gain

from ex-

(a) Forests (38% publicly owned), international water, Antarctica, air. 2. Low growth rate means

tion maximizes prot.
them extinct.

not exploiting yields low prot,

therefore

Instead of slowly making money on the natural

exploita-

growth rate, better to exploit all of the resources now and invest money. 3. Relative scarcity of resource aects value and price. Can you prot from the resources harvested after your death? before you die. Then no interest in making Then harvest all you can Do prots end when you die?

Can you earn your desired income from the resources

indenitely? Then sustain. 4. Ralph d'Arge: developing countries did not share benets of Industrial Revolution, but now are sharing harms. They think that industrial nations, who have beneted, should bear most future costs.

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5.1
1.

Energy Resources and Consumption
Energy is the ability to accomplish work , which is force × distance.
Energy Concepts

2. A distinguishing feature of life is that it increases 3. Units (a) Energy is measured in i. ii.

local

order.

Exajoule = 10 joules ≈ 1015 Btu (quad ). Newton is force necessary produce force of acceleration of 1 m/s2
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to a mass of 1 kg.
energy ) time

joule, 1 newton-meter.

(b) Power is the rate of energy use ( second.

measured in

watt, 1 joule-

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i. Multiplying watt by time (kWh) returns a unit of

energy

.

4. Amount of energy per unit times radiated from a body varies as the of the absolute temperature of the body.

power

fourth

5.2

Energy Consumption

5.2.1 History
1. Greeks, Romans depleted wood

used solar power widely.

2. U.S.: wood peaked in 1880, coal peaked in 1920. 3. Exponential growth (consumption) from 19501980: 30 Since 1980,

80 exajoules.

100 exajoules, showing that new policies partially worked.

Production leveled o around 1970s. 4. Industrial energy consumption has leveled o since 1970s due to increased eciency, cogeneration. 5. Car eciency (avg.) rose from 14 mpg in 1970s to 28 mpg in 1996. Improvements slowed since then, largely because regulation loophole permits less fuel-ecient SUVs and light trucks.

5.2.2 Present Global Energy Use
1. turbine and steam turbine. 2.

Cogeneration natural gas combined cycle power plant

can double eciency by using waste heat. For example, generates electricity from both gas

Energy Policy Act of 2005 was rst national energy policy in over a
decade: (a) Promote conventional energy to reduce reliance on foreign energy. (b) Promote nuclear power; build new ones by 2010. (c) Subsidies for alternative energy, make geothermal competitive, increases amount of ethanol in fuels. (d) Promote conservation: in federal buildings, for cars, credits for homeowners to install energy eciency measures or automobiles. (e) Research to improve coal plants, goal for zero emissions, hydrogen cars, research shale and tar pits. (f ) Incentives to expand energy infrastructure and improve reliability.

3.

Hard path favors increased energy production while decreasing environmental impact. Supporters argue that much environmental damage is from developing countries using local energy, such as wood.

4.

Soft path

favors renewable resources, exibility, and match to uses to

increase second-law eciency. Amory Lovins, champion, argues that most energy needs are of low quality, so expensive electricity is often wasted.

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5.2.3 Future Energy Needs
1. Oil production expected to peak in 202050. Auence will be determined as much by energy conservation and eciency as by production. 2. If

(1991 prediction; overly optimistic, closer to 110 exajoules now). 3. To stabilize global warming, cut fossil fuels 50%.

hard path

, then 120 exajoules by 2030. Else if

soft path

, 60 exajoules

5.3
1.

Source rock

Fossil Fuel Resources and Use

sediments

be completely oxidized.

depositional basins

is nely grained organic matter (mostly plant) are buried in at least 500 m deep. Carbon must not

(a) Pressure and temperature compresses sediment into oil and gas. (b) Light fuels migrate up to

reservoir rock

with lower pressure.

i. Porous; usually sandstone or limestone. ii. A

trap

A. B. C.

Cap rock is ne-grained sedimentary rock. Anticline is an arch-fold that favors retention of fuel. A fault also traps the reservoir.

blocks upward ow.

(c) Usually at young rock at plate boundaries. Exceptions: i. Texas ii. Gulf of Mexico iii. North Sea 2. 3.

Primary production pumps oil from well; only recover 25%. Enhanced recovery pumps stu (steam, water, gas) injected to push oil
toward well. eld. (a) Proven reserves = 1 trillion barrels; estimated 3 trillion barrels recoverable from remaining resources. (b) World consumption = 30 billion barrels/year. (c) Today, (d)

4. Oil is 2nd most crust liquid, but 62% of proven reserves occupy 1% of oil

consumption = 3 × discovery. Oil shale is ne-grained sedimentary rock with organic matter (kerogen). oil/1 ton shale. U.S. has 2/3 of world supply. Produces more volume waste than mined because shale crushed and heated.

Destructive distillation:
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when heated to

500◦ C,

yields 60 L

retorted

(e)

Tar sands
today.

are rocks or sands covered with tar oil, asphalt, or bi-

tumen. 75% in Alberta, Canada. Mine sands (dicult), then wash oil with hot water. Supplies 15% of North American oil production

5. Natural gas has only recently been seriously used for energy; used to be burned as waste, some places still do. 70120 year supply. Main transition fuel, since clean and releases less CO2 . (a) Coal-bed methane is methane stored in coal mines. (b)

more can be stored in coal mine because of internal surfaces.

(c) 5 year supply at present rate can be recovered economically now; estimated 20 trillion m . (d) Cheap to extract. Reduces methane emissions when mining. Disposal of saltwater waste is a problem. (e)

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Methane hydrates exist 1000 m beneath seaoor: methane trapped
in ice. On land, known as ocean oor. May have twice as much energy as all known fossil fuel reserves today, but mining will be dicult.

marsh gas.

Spontaneously erupt from

6. Coal swamps form from partially decomposed vegetation ( sea levels add sediment, compression peat into coal. (a) Most abundant fossil fuel; 250 years at current rate.

peat

). Rise in

(b) Rank: anthracite, bituminous (high sulfur), sub-bituminous, lignite. (c) Most polluting of fuels, in all stages. 7. Environmental disadvantages (a) Toxic brine is pumped with water; oil leaks. (b) Pollutants, including hydrocarbons and H2 S can be released into air. (c) Drilling muds (liquids injected into bore hole during drilling to keep it open) contain heavy metals. (d)

Reneries leak

(or spill).

5.4

Nuclear Energy
235
U, producing ssion fragments and 3 free neutrons 

1. A neutron strikes

and lots of energy. Chain reaction. Fast neutrons must be slowedto improve ssion. 2. Nuclear fuel (a) 1 kg UOx

moderated

≈ 16

MT coal.

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(b) Only

235

U is ssile. Enrichment increases

[235 U]

to 3%.

3. Types of reactors (a)

Light water reactor
subassemblies.

(U.S.) uses water as moderator.

i. Reactor core (fuel and moderator) encased in steel reactor vessel, then contained in reinforced concrete. ii. Fuel pins (enriched uranium pellets in tubes) packaged into fuel

(b)

critical Coolant must remove heat at the same rate it is produced. meltdown Pebble-bed reactors
iii. A minimum amount of fuel keeps reactor iv. fuel. Graphite shell with sand-grain particles of UO. i. Mixed with unfueled graphite spheres to control heat. ii. Continuously refueled. 

self-sustaining. Else 

core gets so hot it melts and breaches containment. are gas-cooled and have billiard-sized pebbles as

Always at optimal productionsafety

iii.

iv. (c) (d)

Burner reactors consume more ssile material than they produce. Breeder reactors make low-grade or waste U ssile. Can last 2,000
years.

Passive stability Modular
pump failure.

feature.

means a reactor does not fail/meltdown due to 

each core 120 MW. 25% more ecient.

4. Nuclear fusion:

2

H

+3 H →1 0

n

+4 He. 2

(a) Need very high temperature and density to form plasma. (b) Plasma must be conned and

energy released by fusion must exceed energy required to maintain plasma.

(c) Nearly innite fuel reserves; cheap to produce. 5. Environmental impacts (a) Uranium mines produce radioactive waste. Mine tailing have been used for structures. (b) Enrichment produces waste. (c) Concern that waste cannot be isolated for required period of time. (d) Nuclear plants must be decommissioned. May be the highest cost. (e)

Radioisotopes can nd their way into food chain; circulate like their
normal isotopes.

6. Radioactive Wastes and Human Healthcauses cancer.

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(a) Units of radioactivity i. ii.

Curie Becquerel
A. SI

(Ci) =

37 × 109

nuclear transformations/sec.

(Bq) = 1 radioactive decay/sec.

iii. For isotopes, pC/L (picocurie per liter), or Bq/m . iv. Actual dose of radiation: and

B.

rads rems. gray Energy retained by tissue after radiation exposure. sievert absorbed dose × relative biological eectiveness.
(Gy) = 100 rads = absorbed dose. (Sv) = 100 rems = eective equivalent dose =

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v. Gamma rays: roentgen (R) or SI coulombs per kilo (C/kg). (b) American average 24 mSv/yr. i. 66% natural (0.35 mSv/yr is human; ii. 33% is other, mostly medical. (c)

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K and

14

C).

α β γ

must be very close to cell. Blocked by paper. Dangerous if inhaled

or ingested; radiation absorbed by tissue. (d) particles are electrons. Block by thin metal or block of wood.

Moderately toxic; mostly absorbed when ingested. (e) rays require a meter of concrete or centimeters of lead. When

ingested, some radiation exits body. (f )

Chronic

radiation health problems are not well known or understood.

7. Accidents: acceptable risk of 0.01%/yr is unacceptable if there are 1,000 plants. Also, often not planned to respond in accidents. (a) Three Mile Island: valve malfunction + human error. i. Containment structure functioned as designed. ii. 1 mSv released into atmosphere; surrounding 0.012 mSv. iii.

But

, on site, very high radiation: 12 mSv/hr. human error caused meltdown; explosion blew top of

(b) Chernobyl:

building o, graphite burned. Radioactive particles rise into air. i. 237 conrmed radiation sickness; 31 deaths. ii. Did not tell world until 2 days later when confronted by Sweden's measurements of increased radiation. iii. 24,000 estimated to have received 430 mSv. A. Expected (based on Japan) 122 spontaneous leukemias. B. No signicant increase yet, but possibly future. iv. Childhood thyroid cancer increase. v. Outside 30 km, probably negligible eect. A. Vegetation with 7 km dead or severely damaged.

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(c) In last 34 years, about 10 accidents released radiation. 8. Radioactive wastes (a)

closed because they have polluted groundwater.
(b) from weapons. (c) materials.

Low-level wastes in not hazardous is properly disposed.

Residues,

solutions, sludges, acids, slightly contaminated equipment.

3/6 sites

Transuranic waste is human-made materials heavier than U. Mostly High-level wastes is spent fuel, military reprocessing waste, weapons
i. Currently stored, mostly at commercial reactors. ii. Geological disposal controversialsome don't think it should be buried. iii.

Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 initiate disposal program. A. 1987 amendment and Energy Power Act of 1992 specify
deep underground repository: Yucca Mountain. B. Could receive waste starting 2010. C. Need to evaluate earthquake, volcano, groundwater, escape

waste

from deteriorating containers, tive material.

, geological processes that control transfer of radioac-

impact of heat generated by

(d) Waste isolation pilot plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico: i. Rooms excavated in rock salt (easy to mine) store wastes. ii. Slow-owing salt naturally seal in 75200 years. (e) Sites that have been stable in past may not be stable in future. 9.

Energy Policy Act of 2005 advocates increase of nuclear power.
Hydroelectric Power

5.5

1. Dams are multifunctional, but functions may not be harmonious (draining for agriculture conicts with high levels for high power and recreation) and dams have many environmental impacts: (a) Lose land and resources to make lake. (b) Trapped sediment ( where needed.

silting

) limits life of reservoir and prevents deposit

(c) Change entire river downstream. (d) Fragment ecosystems. (e) Increases evaporation change local climate.

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(f ) High pressure nitrogen can kill sh when swimming under waterfall as gas expands (bends). 2. Most good sites already dammed; not expected to grow in U.S. 3. Dams also give false sense of security: oods can occur from tributaries, dams may fail, and higher-than-designed-for-oods may occur. 4. Good dam sites are often good scenic nature sites. 5. Dams are 6.

Water power is ultimately solar power.

expensive.

Their cheap water is

subsidized.

7. 10% of U.S. power. Majority in Norway, Canada. 20% worldwide. 8.

during high demand. 9. Several dams have been removed or have been planned for removal. Many old ones are not useful at all. than to build it. 10. Colorado river is most heavily managed river; 80% of water in reservoirs behind Glen Canyon Dam and Hoover Dam. (a) River If lots of sediment, most remove slowly to minimize impact. May be many times more expensive to remove dam

Pump storage:

pump water into reservoir during low demand; ow out

has

been tamed: average ow increase, high ow decreased.

(b) Natural oods helped restore ecosystem, as did experimental oods. (c) Treaty supplies 1.845 km

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of water to Mexico. Very salty.

i. Desalinization plant built in Yuma on standby after its canals were ooded. ii. Coachella Canal can provide Mexico with water. iii. All American Canal delivers water to San Diego. Leaks billions of gallons that recharge groundwater used by Mexican farmers. Proposed concrete lining has been heavily impugned.

5.6

Energy Conservation

1. Eciency: food measured in

accomplished.
(a) in U.S.

energy stored

; consumption measured in

work

2.

First-law eciency =

energy delivered . energy supplied

Average 50% in U.S. Average 1015%

Second-law eciency =
torch.

minimum energy necessary . energy used

i. Lighting candle with match is more ecient than with acetylene

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ii. Water can be heated better by sun, not humongous furnace

(b)

Thermal eciency 

ames.

is the maximum eciency of a heat engine (such

as power plant, internal combustion); discovered by Sadi Carnot. Modern power plants, about

1 3.

5.7

Renewable Energy

1. Solar energy arrives at 7,000 times current demand. 2.

Passive solar energy uses architecture to adjust to seasonal changes.
(a) South-facing building and windows and overhangs shade summer sun but allow winter sun to penetrate. (b) Walls can absorb energy then radiate into rooms. (c) Deciduous trees block sun during summer but allow sun during winter.

3.

Active solar energy requires mechanical power to circulate a uid from
solar collection site to usage site. (a)

Solar collectors have a glass plate and black background with tubes
in between. Water heated to 3898 C.

(b)

Evacuated tube collector
reduce heat loss.

has each tube pass through a larger tube to

4.

Photovoltaics are the fastest-growing source of energy at 35% annually.
(a) Standardized modules; build the system you need. (b) Dierent electronic properties of semiconductor layers cause electrons to ow into wires when hit by photons. (c) Developing countries: cheap, simple, o-grid rural electricity. (d) Springerville Generating Station in Tucson produce 24 MW.

5. Power tower concentrates sunlight to a central collector to boil water. (a) Can store heat with liquid salt. (b) By 2030, estimated by be economically competitive. 6. Luz International Solar Farm: synthetic oil pumped through solar collectors; boil water; steam superheated by natural gas. Combination allows uninterrupted power. 7. Environmental disadvantages of solar: (a) Dispersedproblem for centralized power. Need lots of land.

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(b) Metals, plastics, and uids for equipment (esp. photovoltaics) may be toxic; production releases greenhouse gases. 8. Hydrogen is clean and can be burned like fossil fuels. (a)

Fuel cell works like battery to generate electricity by oxidizing H2

eciency.

and capturing e

in external circuit (redox).

Increase second-law
→ C + CO2 +

i. Electrolyte solution; electrodes separated by Pt membrane. (b) Most economical way to produce hydrogen: H2 O + CH4 H2 . (c) Can be used to buer electrical generation. 9.

Tidal power

dam opening, then release water on turbines when tidal

movement increases/decreases ocean height suciently. (a) Few locations have suciently strong tides. (b) Can damage ecosystems of estuaries/bays. (c) Rapid lling and emptying of the bay damages intertidal habitats. 10. Wind power (a)

Winds

are produced by dierential heating of Earth's surface, result-

ing in air masses with dierent heat and density. i. Wind concentrated on mountain top or mountain pass. (b) Small mills (for farm) produce 1 kW. Modern windmills 6075 kW. i. High-tech ones 100 m, 30 stories, 35 MW. One is in Germany. (c) Wind power currently cheaper than natural gas, approaching coal. (d) World total 48,000 MW (34,000 MW in E.U.). i. 1 large fossil or nuclear = 1,000 MW. ii. 1% of total electricity. (e) High potentialmany countries have more potential than current

11.

Micro-hydropower
Biofuels
burned.

use.

is best in mountains. Evaluate case-by-case.

(a) Prone to being lled by sediment. (b) In large scale, can have signicant environmental detriment. 12. are organic matter, burned or converted (gasify, distill), then

(a) 35% of developing countriesusually rewood.

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(b)

Digestion 

bacteria digest matter to produce methane.

(c) Landlls, wastewater treatment plant can produce biogas (mainly methane). i. China, produced in sewage treatment. ii. India, produced locally from cow manure. (d) Waste incineration releases pollutants, as not all hazardous trash can always be removed. (e) Land unsuited for food crop can grow biomass crop (like trees). (f ) By 2030, biomass can produce 100,000 MW (12%), using 2/5 of banked farmland. 13.

Geothermal energy harnesses natural heat from earth's interior.
(a) 9,000 MW0.15%. (b) Competitive with other sources. (c) At plate boundaries, heat ow is unusually high. (d) Hot geothermal system (>

80◦ C)

resource base > fossil + nuclear.

i. Hydrothermal convection: steam and/or hot water pumped to depths to transfer heat to surface. ii. Geysers Geothermal Field produce 1,000; near San Francisco. (e) Lower temperature systems can be used for heating. i. Groundwater is geothermal: at 100 m, groundwater is can heat/cool homes. (f ) Environmental impact i. Releases some CO2 , SO2 . ii. Thermal pollution. Hot wastewater can be corrosive and saline. (g) Future i. Known reserves 20,000 MW, 10% for West. ii. Undiscovered potentially

13◦ C

and

4×.

6
1.

Pollution
Heavy metals include Hg, Pb, Cd, Ni, Au, Pt, Ag, Bi, As, Se, V, Cr, Tl.
Pollution Types

6.1

6.1.1 Air Pollution 1. Particulates are
heavy metal.

small dust particles (including asbestos).

Sometimes

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(a) Coal power plants. (b) Industrial boilers. (c) Cars. 2.

Stationary pollution includes point sources (single sites), fugitive sources
(open areas eral sources).

exposed to wind

), area sources (well-dened area that has sev-

3. Eects include damage to vegetation, increased susceptibility to diseases and pests, disruption of reproduction. In humans, poisoning, cancer, birth defects, irritation, susceptibility to viral infections, heart disease, aggravation of respiratory diseases. 4.

Criteria pollutants are 6 most common ones.
(a) Sulfur dioxide is oxidized into sulfate, forming sulfuric acid. coal, oil rening, industrial processes. 1970s. (b) Nitrogen oxides (most commonly NO, NO2 ) contribute to smog and ion NO3 , reducing visibility. Emitted from stationary and mobile sources. Acid rain. May suppress plant growth; may be benecial at low concentrations. (c) Carbon monoxide bonds oxygen. i. Worst for heart or respiratory disease or at high altitudes. ii. 10% man-made. Most emissions from tailpipes. (d) Ozone/photochemical oxidants result from interactions between NO2 and sunlight. i. Unstable, so oxidizes better than does oxygen. ii. Retards plant growth at low concentrations; kills leaves and plants at high concentrations. in airways. iii. Lungs decrease elasticity, scars Bleaches leaves. From Increases

chronic respiratory disease, shortening of breath. Reduced 50% since

2−

250×

more easily to hemoglobin than does

Peak ozone level
2.5µm)

is one of the best indicators of air pollution.

(e) Particulate matter (PM 10) is composed of particles (< lungs into bloodstream. i.

< 10µm.

PM 2.5

is of special concern because they are absorbed through

Total suspended particulates

measures this pollution. Much higher

in cities of developing countries. ii. 29% of human mortality in cities. iii. Dust can suocate plants. Large particulate pollution (e.g., from construction) can damage entire ecosystems.

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iv.

Global dimming cools atmosphere.
cause.

Jet travel is a signicant

(f )

Lead

is emitted through leaded gasoline, which protects engines. uptaken by organisms.

Transported as particulate 5.

or

Primary pollutants are emitted directly into air.
(a) CO (58%), VOC (11%), NOx (15%), SOx (13%), particulates (3%). (b)

seeps: La Brea Tar Pits. 6.

Natural

emissions: SO2 from volcano, H2 S, wildres, hydrocarbon

Exceed human pollution.

Secondary pollutants result from reaction between primary pollutants
and normal atmospheric compounds. hydrides. (a) Can travel

7. Acid rain can precipitate or be deposited as sulfate and nitrate, acid an-

very

far:

1 3

> 500

mi,

1 3 [200, 500] mi.

(b) CaCO3 (limestone) can buer acids; granitic rocks cannot. (c) Forests: trees weaken, die surface microclimate. (d) Lakes: interferes biologically, dissolves nutrients lost. Algae die. i. Acid leaches metals from soils. Al hazardous to shclog gills.

less habitat; leaves fall o

change

→ 

ow out and are

(e)

Acid fog

Heavy metals! occurs when water vapor, mixed with pollutants, condense

near ground around smog particulates. Drops of acid may be left as fog dissipates and can be inhaled deeply within lungs. 8. Air toxics are hazardous at low concentrations; many carcinogenic. Classied into gas, metal, organic, then whether carcinogenic. (a) H2 S from reneries and smelters, or geysers, swamps, bogs. (b) HF from Al production, coal gasication, burning coal. toxic. Can damage grazers because plants are exposed. (c) Methyl isocyanate burns on contact (irritation). violent coughing, swelling of lungs,death. Bhopal, India leaked from tank. Catastrophic. (d) Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are used as solvents. Hydrocarbons react to produce smog. Cars. Lowered 50% since 1970s. (e) Benzene is solvent and gasoline additive. (f ) Arcolein produced in industrial combustion of petroleum. Extremely irritating.

Extremely
In

Few ppm causes

Used in pesticides.

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9.

Heat island occurs due to burning fuels and solar collection of buildings
and pavement.

10.

Temperature inversions

Caps on pollution altitude.
(a) Coast:

occur when warmer air is above cooler air.

descending warm air forms semi-permanent inversion.

Sea

breeze pushes pollution towards canyons. (b) Valley: cloud cover decreases temperature at surface and increases temperature in clouds, forming warm air. At surface, dew point (temperature where vapor condenses) may be reached (c) 11.

Chimney eect:

fog.

polluted air may spill over mountains.

Smog
(a)

Photochemical

(L.A., brown air): NOx emitted by cars accumu-

late; sun breaks down to NO + O; O + O2

→ O3 .

Organic compounds

react with NO to increase NO2 . Ozone maximum at noon. (b)

Sulfurous (London, gray air, industrial).

From burning fossil fuels.

12. Indoor air pollutants (a)

ditioners. Cause Legionnaire's disease. (b) Molds may release toxic spores. Chronic inammation and scarring of lungs.

Legionella pneumophila

, pond-water bacteria can spread to air con-

1 2 of all health complaints.

(c) Pesticides. (d) Formaldehyde used in insulation, manufactured wood. (e) Dust mites, pollen.

Emit gas.
lead-214

(f ) Environmental tobacco smoke exposed to workers may be equivalent to 10 cigarettes per day. (g)

Radon is natural:
lead-206.

radium

radon

polonium-218

α

decays.

i. Estimated 10% of lung cancers. ii. Synergistic with smoking. iii.

Very large threat if true.

α

particles break DNA strands.

iv. Radon enters through rock and soil into basement, dissolved in groundwater, or contaminated construction materials. v. Techniques to remove: A. B.

Gas permeable layer (often gravel) beneath oor. Plastic sheeting on top of gas permeable layer prevents
radon from entering.

C.

Sealing and caulking in foundation oor.
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D.

Vent pipe from gas permeable layer to roof.

(h) Often more highly concentrated. i. Many potential indoor sources. ii. Energy eciency = sealing building. (i) Control: i. ii.

Cannot dilute pollutants.
material,

Ventilation: use more fresh air; open windows. Source removal: restrict or prohibit use of certain
ban smoking indoors.

iii.

Source modications: Air cleaning: 
ltering.

change designs (more energy ecient,

use non-polluting materials); apply barriers (coat lead paint). iv. v. 13.

Chimney eect occurs due to temperature gradient between indoor and
outdoor. (a) If inside is warmer, warm air rises and

vironmental tobacco smoke can be drawn in from outside. 14. Sick building have two types: (a)

draws in

air from lower. En-

Building-related illness (BRI) has identiable problems, such as
pathogenic molds or bacteria.

(b)

Sick building syndrome (SBS) cannot be traced.
tribute.

Non-pollution

factors (environmental stress, labor-management relations) may con-

15. Remediation and reduction strategies (a) (b)

(c) (d) (e) (f )

Conservation eciency. Capture particulates Cover Recirculate exhaust Dilute air-fuel mixture Catalytic converter:
and lectors.

from point sources in settling chambers or col-

waste or dirt piles to reduce dust. to reduce NOx . less NOx , more hydrocarbons.

decompose hydrocarbons and oxidizes CO.

i. Old cars pollute more because people don't take care of pollution

(g) (h)

Charge fees Washing
ii.

devices.

for pollutionrequire annual testing.

coal removes pyrite, but organic carbon remains.

Coal gasication produces expensive synthetic gas.
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Expensive.

(i)

Scrubbing:
1 2 H2 O

calcium removes sulfur: (or CaO).

CaCO3

+

SO2

CaSO3

·

+ CO2

16. 4 processes remove particles and chemicals for air: (a) Sedimentation: heavier-than-air particles eventually settle out. (b) Rain out: precipitation physically or chemically removes substances. (c) Oxidation. (d) Photodissociation: energy from solar radiation breaks bonds. 17. Coal-burning power plants produce 70% of SO2 , 30% of NOx , 35% of CO2 . 18.

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 are comprehensive regulations.
(a) 50% cut in SO2 achieved. (b) 2 Mton reduction in NOx more dicult because cars emit most. (c)

Permits

comprise total amount of allowed pollution. Environmental-

ists can also buy permits to prevent them from being used, but not a major factor. (d) Goal: end

all

Makes pollution expensive.

CFC and chlorine chemicals by 2030.

(e) National Ambient Air Quality Standards as

set to reduce health hazards in old and youngmost susceptible. Supreme Court unanimously upheld standards. 19. Economic impacts: incremental cost diers. Much more expensive for Al plant to reduce emissions than for utilities. Some argue stricter standards for utilities and fewer for Al. Others prefer taxes or pollution vouchers same environmental eect but more cost eective because driven by market pressure.

minimum acceptable level

6.1.2 Noise Pollution
1. Eects (a) Up to 60 dB is safe. (b) > 80 dB is potentially dangerous. (c) 140 dB is threshold of pain; 180 dB is injurious. (d) Lawn mower, motorcycle damages after after

1 2

hour.

8 hours.

110 dB loud music

(e) 5060 dB noise interferes with sleep; fatigued awakening.

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6.1.3 Water Pollution
1. Thermal:

heat

only tolerate

→↓ [O2 ]. ∆1.5◦ C.

Warmer water decreases sh tness; some may

2. Types include heavy metals, sediment, radioisotopes, heat, fecal coliform bacteria, P, N, Na, pathogens. (a) Surface water is not immune to outbreaks. tated Milwaukee: it is resistant to chlorine.

be ltered, but it doesn't usually enter water supply. (b)

Fecal coliform bacteria is a measure of disease
be present where more feces is deposited. i.

harmless bacteria in animal intestines. Pathogens are more likely to

Cryptosporidium Cryptosporidium potential.

devasmust

Usually

E. coli

can be deadly. Walkerton, Ontario: 5 died, 500 ill because and utilities did not

storm waters contaminated wells with report.

E. coli

(c) N, P: from fertilizer, detergent, wastewater treatment.

eutrophication (human caused).
ii. Algae form surface mats

Cultural

i. Promotes plant, cyanobacteria, and algae growth.

kills stu below.

iii. Decomposing bacteria grow, remove oxygen, eventually lots of stu dies. iv. v.

Eutrophic lakes Oligotrophic lakes
Reef, Hawaii.

have naturally high levels of nutrients. have naturally low levels, pleasant water.

vi. Coasts, reefs may also suer from eutrophication: Great Barrier

(d) Oilnormal shipping probably releases most pollution. eects unknown.

Long-term

(e) Sediment (small rock and mineral fragments) is by volume highest level of pollutant. i. Agriculture increases erosion. loss. ii. Urbanization even greater: struction, Conservation cannot eliminate

duction in a Maryland sediment control program). (f )

but

large amounts erosion during con-

on-site control measures can be eective (35% re-

Acid mine drainage
weathering of pyrite.

is water with lots of H2 SO4 formed from

i. Abandoned mines are problematic because groundwater is non longer pumped out, so it can ood and overow. 3. Sources include all sectors of society:

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(a) Surface water occurs when inow of pollutant exceeds natural capacity to remove, convert, or dilute it. i. Runo: urban (oil, chemicals), agricultural. ii. Accidental spills, release of radioactive stu (from accidents). iii. Leakage from storage sites. iv. Air fallout. v. Sediment from agriculture and construction sites. (b) Groundwater is the source of opportunity is limited. i.

1 2 of domestic water supply. It is actually easy to pollute. Channels for groundwater are small, so dilution

Leaks 

waste disposal, buried pipes. Estimated that 75% of haz-

ardous waste disposal sites are polluting groundwater. Landlls over porous soils pollute water quickly. ii.

Seepage

: acid water and waste from mines, cesspools/septic sys-

tems, spills, radioactive materials. iii. Saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers: when water is pumped, it no longer ows out into saltwater aquifer, allowing salty groundwater to inltrate. 4.

Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD)
for organic microorganisms.

decomposition

is amount of oxygen required

.

Amount of oxygen consumed by decompser

(a) Inversely related to dissolved oxygen. (b) 5 mg/L is threshold for water pollution of DO. 5.

Wastewater treatment deals with addition of suspended solids,
nutrients, bacteria in water due to human use.

salts,

(a) Septic-tank separates solid and liquids and digests (biochemically change) organic matter. i. Water then moves into absorption eld/drainage eld and seeps into soil. ii. Further treated by oxidation and ltering.

iii.

land. Failures

Not suitable for all

occur when tank is not pumped, for poor drainage allows

wastewater to rise to surface. (b) Wastewater treatment plants remove BOD and chlorinate bacteria. i.

grit chamber tank Digester
material, A.

Primary treatment involves screens

to remove large oating

to remove rocks,

where particulates settle to form sludge.

primary sedimentation

processes sludge. Relatively new.

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ii.

Secondary treatmentactivated
mon). A.

B. Removes 3040% of BOD.

sludge method (most com-

B.

C.

Aeration tank nal sedimentation tank. Activated sludge Final sedimentation tank
from BOD. sludge goes to digester.

mixes wastewater with air and some sludge

is rich in aerobic bacteria, which consume

settles sludge out (again).

Most

iii.

Advanced wastewater treatment use sand lters, carbon lters, chemicals to remove specic pollutants such as N, P, heavy metals.

D. Removes 90% of BOD.

iv.

Chlorine produces toxic by-products.

v. Methane is released by digestion; used as fuel or burned as waste. vi. If sludge isn't polluted, used to improve soil, else landlled. 6.

Wastewater renovation and conservation cycle involves using treated
wastewater to irrigate, then allowing water to of groundwater. tion through slow percolation in soil), recharging groundwater, and reuse

renovate

(natural purica-

7.

Resource recovery

wastewater plants capture methane and use plants grown

in controlled environment (sell owers to nance operation) in lieu of secondary treatment. More greenery can purify water even more. 8. Wastewater can be applied to isolated wetlands. reduce downstream BOD. 9. 1792/1977 Amended Clean Water Act (Federal Water Pollution Control Act) provides billions in grants for sewage treatment plants, encourages innovation, including alternative wastewater treatment and aquifer recharge. 10. Other relevant laws: (a) 1956 Promote growth and

and controls pollution. (b) 1958

sures with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for dams, power plants, and ood control. (c) 1969

Federal Water and Pollution Control Act Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act National Environmental Policy Act

enhances water quality

mandates conservation mea-

requires

prior to federal actions that signicantly aect environment: dams, channelization, power plants, bridges. (d) 1970

impact statements

hazardous waste; research for Great Lakes and mine drainage.

Water Quality Improvement Act
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expands 1956: control oil and

(e) 1974

(f ) 1980

(g) 1984

(h) 1987

Federal Safe Drinking Water Act Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Water Quality Act
sets containment levels for pollutants and pathogens. ardous waste sites to reduce pollution. regulates underground gasoline storage tanks. tion. Led to development of state management plans to control.

establishes revolving fund (Superfund) to clean up haz-

establish policy to control non-point pollu-

6.1.4 Solid Waste
1. Types. (a) 35% paper (b) 12% yard trimmings (c) 12% food scraps (d) 11% plastics (e) 8% metals (f ) 7.4% rubber, leather, textiles (g) 5.3% glass (h) 5.8% wood (i) 3.4% other i. Infectious wastes should be sterilized and are

toxic.

not considered

ii.

Hazardous waste is produced 700 Mton/year in U.S.
A. 50% chemical industry. B. Electronic, petroleum, coal each 10%. C. Destroyed buildings. D. Tons of abandoned waste sites. health and environment. E. Management of hazards may be most serious environmental problem. 1,000 may threaten public

2. Hazardous waste legislation (a)

1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) identied hazardous wastes and life cyclescradle to grave management.

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(b)

1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) dened policies and procedures for release of hazardous substances into environment. i. List of sites where hazardous substances likely or already impacted environment. ii.

Superfund

to clean up worst cases.

iii. 1984 and 1986 amendments: A. Improve standards for disposal and cleanup. B. Ban disposal of certain chemicals: dioxin, PCB, solvent. C. Timetable for

hazardous waste in landll or surface impoundment. D. Increase Superfund. E.

phasing out

disposal of all untreated liquid

Environmental audits permit defense against liability.

tine.
3. Disposal: (a)

old maps, photographs, reports, drilling, sampling.

Now rou-

Study

F. Toxic 500 become public. Pressure industries.

Composting Incineration

is rapid partial decomposition of organic matter by

aerobic organisms. Popular in Europe and Asia due to intense farming. Large-scale in mechanical composters. (b) burns at temperatures high enough to consume all

combustible material (900 C1,000 C). i. Ideally 7595% reduction. ii. Practically 50% due to maintenance and waste supply problems. iii. Can supplement other fuels. iv. Pollute air. Trapping pollutants expensive. Need subsidies. Not optimal investment. (c)

Open dumps have waste piled and unprotected.
in U.S. and many other places. i. Sometimes ignited. ii. Other places periodically compacted.

Closed and banned

(d)

Sanitary landll
i. and bacteria.

waste with soil every day or more often.
ii. Siting is everything. table.

is designed to concentrate and contain.

Covers

Leachate is water percolating into refuse that carries pollutants
Arid, impermeable places with low water

iii. Often located in poor and minority places. iv.

Monitoring involves continual sampling (even if landll abandoned) of water and gas at special monitoring wells. 46

v. Entry of pollutants into environment: A. Gas release. B. Heavy metals retained in soil and uptaken by plants. C. Soluble materials move to groundwater. D. Polluted groundwater can seep into surface water.

vi.

Multiple barriers Vital to prevent leachate from reaching groundwater, where cleanup will be very expensive.
include clay and plastic liners to limit leachate, drainers to collect leachate, gas collection, groundwater monitoring. landlls. Fail

E. Wind blows toxins away.

vii.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1980 strengthen

close.

and standardize design, operation, and monitoring of sanitary

4. All methods of hazardous waste disposal causes some environmental disruption. (a)

Secure landll connes waste, controls, collects, and treats leachate,
and detects leaks. i. Drains concentrate leachate to collection basin. ii. Animals can chew or burrow through impervious liners. iii. Some argued no such thing as secure landll.

(b)

Land application is intentional spreading of waste on land.
able stu, like oil waste. i. Microora (microorganisms in soil) attack material in

Biodegrad-

breakdown.

microbial
Aeration

ii. Restricted to top 1520 cm. (c)

Surface impoundment uses depressions or excavations.
pits and lagoons. Seepage. Controversial; many closed. porous rock sealed by impervious rock. i. Oil-eld brine. ii. Not quick and easy solutionfew sites, must monitor.

(d)

Deep-well disposal injects waste to place isolated from aquifers

5. Alternative methods for toxic waste (a) Recover valuable materials for future use in waste. (b) Neutralization, oxidation, and separation of heavy metals. (c) Incineration can destroy hazards, but some may escape as pollution. 6. Ocean dumping and pollution along shipping lanes

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(a) Most pollution in the most productive parts of ocean. (b) Threaten sheriesshellsh contain polio- and hepatitis-causing organisms. (c) Algal blooms kill almost all marine life in area. (d)

Microlayer
here.

, top 3 mm, extremely fragile. Phytoplankton, sh larva

i. Heavy metals 101,000 more concentrated here. (e) Plastics oat and accumulate in convergent currents. i. Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, very remote, is one

vergence.

zone of con-

ii. 80 tons of marine debris collected there. iii. Birds eat plastics. Rings seal mouths. 7.

Industrial ecology is the study of relationships among industrial systems

of place.

and linkages to natural ecosystems. recycling increases.

As extraction costs increase, nancial feasibility of reusing and

Essentially, waste is a resource out

(a) For example, coal power plant heats homes, scrubs SO2 to make gypsum, CO2 sequestered and pumped to greenhouses, ash used to surface roads. (b) Canberra, Australia hopes to achieve zero-waste by 2010. 8.

Integrated waste management

composting, landlling, incinerating.
i. Better packaging (10%)

includes

reuse, reduction, recycling,

(a) At least 50% waste stream can be reduced:

ii. Large-scale composting (10%) iii. Recycling (30%). A. U.S. recycles 30% of waste stream. B. 50% reached in some parts of U.S. C.

D. 50% of U.S. steel from scrap. E.

Intensive recycling Must develop market for recycled products.

can reduce 8090%; pilot program 84%.

(b) Using sewer sludge is widespread, but getting rid of toxins is dicult. i. Separate urban and industrial wastes. ii. Require factories to pretreat their waste. (c)

Materials management is resource conservation.
i. Eliminate subsidies for virgin material and incentivize use of recycled.

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ii. Fine poor material management processes. 9.

Pollution prevention (P-2):

Wisconsin cheese factory deposited 2,000

gal of salt water into landscommon for corporations that cannot discharge into municipal treatment plantsand damaged crops. DNR limited salt discharge. Factory developed evaporator, which reduced waste by

We are moving away from regulating disposal to eliminating as much of it as possible.
6.2 Impacts on the Environment and Human Health

75% and decreased salt purchases by 50%. Recovered costs in 2 months.

6.2.1 Hazards to Human Health 1. Synergism: toxins acting simultaneously

often unknown.
(a)

may be

>

parts.

Eects

2.

Environmental risk analysis (risk assessment) is the determination
of health hazards to people exposed to pollutants and possible toxins.

(b)

(c)

Identify hazard Dose-response assessment Exposure assessment
response.

(whether exposure is detrimental).

Observe other

humans, animal testing, cellular/molecular research. . Administer varying doses to humans or

animals. Dicult. Doesn't prove causality. . How many exposed, how much area contam-

inated, ecological gradients, length of exposure? Dicult like dose-

(d) 3.

Risk characterization White asbestos

. Conclude health risks based on exposure.

Asbestos are ber-shaped minerals.
(a) Fibers embed in lung tissue (b)

Asbestosis

is related lung condition.

cancer.

(chrysolite) is not particularly harmful. 95% of U.S.

i. No recorded nonoccupational disease.

(c) 4.

Blue asbestos

ii. Belief that much removal was unnecessary. (crocidolite) very harmful.

Lead

is apparently biologically useless but impacts every system, espe-

cially nervous system and in small children. (a) Poisoning of patricians may have contributed to Roman fall. (b) In children, may promote antisocial/criminal behavior. 5.

Electromagnetic elds have been suspected of increasing cancers, but
question not yet answered.

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6.

Voluntary exposure is commonly smoking, drinking, and drugging. Dose response
(concentration). (a) (Very) low concentrations (b) High concentrations i. ii. iii. means the eect of a chemical depends on the dosage

7. Acute eect occurs soon, usually large exposure. Chronic opposite. 8.

LD-50 is dosage where 50% of population dies. Crude. ED-50 is dosage that causes desired eect in 50% of population. TD-50 is dosage that is toxic to 50%. Often reduced enzyme
activity, decreased reproduction, other specic symptoms.

harmful. harmful

, eventually

lethal

.

iv.

Therapeutic index =

LD-50 ED-50

and

↑=

safer.

(c) Curve crests where maximum benet occurs (plateau). (d) Threshold values unknown for most substances, especially transition from benet to harm.

6.2.2 Hazardous Chemicals in the Environment 1. Biomagnication.
(a) Cd: coal (b) Hg: Hg 2.

ash

plant

herbivore

carnivore (5060×)

2+

− − − [CH3 Hg+ ] − −→

bacteria

accumulates more, stronger eect.

Persistent organic pollutants are now banned.
(a) Example i. PCBs (heat-stable oils). ii. Dioxin, perhaps most toxic man-made chemical. Byproduct of chlorine combustion in herbicide synthesis. A. Damages wildlife in

very

small amounts.

B. Human impact controversial. (b) Often contain Cl. (c) Do not biodegrade. (d) Fat soluble; likely to accumulate. (e) Able to be transported long distances in wind, water, sediment. (f )

Hormonally active agents
i.

Atrazine

(herbicide) feminizes frogs.

ii. Detriment reproductive viability. 3. Ecological gradients can be dened by distance to pollution source.

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4.

Tolerance is ability to resist or sustain stress due to toxin or environment.
(a) Behavioral. (b) Physiological: body adjusts. i. Detoxication. ii. Transport of toxin to non-harmful place (fat). (c) Genetic tolerance: selection.

Does not mean damages ceases.

6.3
1.

Economic Impacts

Cost-benet analysis.
(a) Risk of death from pollutants is low.

quality

of life, not length.

Lowering air pollution increases

(b) Risks that aect a small proportion of people are more acceptable. (c) Novel risks are less acceptable. (d) More desirable activities carry greater acceptable risk. Sports, recreation vs. working. (e) RAND study nds that direct measures (i.e., not bettering the environment) to increase longevity are cheaper.

of or quality of life more?

But do we value length

(f ) Cost of pollution = costs to control pollution + loss from damages. i. May have have opposite trends. Minimum at intersection. A. If minimum cost results in too much pollution, then reducing pollution beyond this point may be considerably more expensive. ii. Total cost may stabilize or decline as pollution control becomes more ecient and external costs decline. iii. Estimated cost of pollution control per family is $3060. 2.

Externalities, or indirect costs are eects not normally accounted for
in cost-benet analyses and are often not recognized as a cost or a benet. (a) Knowing

true cost

is necessary for rational consumer choice.

(b) Clean air and water and traded largely as if they cost nothing. (c) Dollar value can sometimes be determined: water by ow and storage in rivers and lakes; forest by inventory of trees and yield; mineral by estimated reserves.

Now standard procedure.

(d) Who should pay? Polluters (then pass costs to consumers) or tax? Consensus that polluter pays approach oers stronger incentives.

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(e)

Public service functions Natural capital Landscape aesthetics
i. erences.

have tremendous economic eects. We only What may previously

recognize them when we begin to lose one.

have been an externality may now become a direct cost. estimated $3$33

trillion/year.

(f )

is dicult to quantize because of dierent pref-

i. Some say, coherence, complexity, mystery. ii. Others, unity, vividness, variety. (g) Value of the future: prot in future,

but

economically, prot now is worth more than

humans tend to think about the future.

i. Many believe we have obligation to future generations to not damage environment. ii. Spending on environment can be viewed as diverting funds from other productive investments (which may benet future generations).

iii. As wealth increases, so does value placed on environment.

iv. Future value depends of future consumers' view of consumption.

Implication: protecting environment is taking from today's poor to give to tomorrow's future. How do you know which sacrices are important for future?
value will be innite. That's not possible. (precautionary principle).

v. If future value is greater than present value, eventually future

3.

Rule of thumb: do not throw away something that cannot be replaced if you are unsure of future value Marginal costs Often increases exponentially.
vi. is the cost for one additional unit. to get people to act because they

4. Empirically, individual transferable quotas have been most eective. 5. New York Catskill Mountains case shows that it doesn't take much capital a clean environment.

value

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7.1

Global Change
Stratospheric Ozone
1. 90% in stratosphere1540km. 2.

Blocks 99% of UV.
(a)

UVC

is shortest

λ.

Negligible amounts reach surface (b)

UVA is longest λ and is

Decomposes O → 2O, then not aected by ozone layer.
2
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O

+

O2

O3 .

Some damage.

(c) 3.

UVB is energetic; O3 is only gas known to absorb it.
CFCs emitted in lower atmosphere are extremely stable

Dobson unit (DU) = 1 ppb O3 .
unreactive, 100 year residence time. (Soils remove an unknown amount, though). Eventually disperse to upper atmosphere. UV decomposes CFC, releasing Cl, which reacts with O3 in a (a) Cl

4. Hypothesis:

catalytic chain reaction:

+ O3 → ClO + O2 + O → Cl + O2

(b) ClO

(c) Estimated each Cl destroy 100,000 O3 . (d) May be interrupted removed up to 200 times, but UV may decompose Cl compound again at any time: i. ClO ii.

+ NO2 → ClONO2 Cl + CH4 → HCl (end for

most Cl).

5. CFCs used in aerosol (not problem anymore), coolant (growing problem in developing countries), Styrofoam production. 6. Many solvent contain Cl and react similarly, as does halon (Br). 7. Naturally, ozone highest at poles and lowest at equator.

at equator, but circulates to poles.
(a) Form during polar winter: about pole

Mainly produced

8.

Polar stratospheric clouds are observed at 20km. polar vortex.

Glow.

Antarctic air mass isolated and circles

(b) Vortex cools, condenses, descends (no sun to warm up). (c) Type I (190195 K): H2 SO4 particles freeze; seed for HNO3 . (d) Type II (< 190 K): water vapor condenses around Type I particles. Mother-of-pearl color. (e) HNO3 settle out.

70% O in weeks.
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(f ) Arctic clouds are not as severe, but ClO

Cl sink ClONO cannot be formed. Can destroy can dissipate southwards.
2
Polar stratospheric

9. Tropical, mid-latitude depletion also hypothesized.

clouds migrate; volcanic explosions (SO2 may gentrify). 10. Eects (a)

ductivity 612% associated with ozone depletion. i. Plankton are CO2 sink

Reduce ocean productivity:

Antarctic waters decreased primary pro-


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exacerbate global warming.

(b) (c)

(d)

Disrupt food production Cancer increase Reduce immune function.
. predicted to recover.

until 2060 when ozone layer begins to

(e) Cataracts. 11. Strategies for reducing ozone depletion (a) Estimated to return to pre-1980 by 2050. Already growth reduced. (b)

Recover
wide).

discarded CFCs. 1.2 kg CFC per refrigerator (50 M world-

(c)

Hydrourocarbons:

F reacts similarly to Cl, but 1,000 less e-

cient. Possible to make it not deplete. (d)

Hydrochlorourocarbons can be broken down in lower atmosphere.
But if it gets into upper atmosphere, still deplete. Transition; phase out 2030.

12. Relevant laws and treaties (a)

1987 Montreal Protocol27 original, 119 later.
i. Reduce CFCs to 50% of 1986 levels. Eliminate by 1999. ii. Developed stopped by 1995; deadline for developing, 2005. iii.

China, India

are not parties.

iv. Requires technology and money for developing countries. v. Black market for CFCs. (b) 1990 London (c) 1992 Copenhagen

7.2
1.

Global Warming

Climate change
earth by several

refers to uctuation of annual mean temperature of

C over the past million years.

(a) Temperatures dropped in 1940 but began dramatically increasing starting in 1970s. (b) Milankovitch cycles: earth's unstable orbit produces 100,000 year

cycles, which correlates with major (inter)glacial periods. 40,000 and

as one mechanism among many.
3. Surface temperature determine by:

20,000 year changes are result of earth's wobble.

Insucientseen

2. Mean surface temperature expected to increase by 1.5 C to 4.5 C by 2100.

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(a) Sunlight received and reected. (b) Heat reected by atmosphere. (c) Evaporation and condensation of water vapor. 4.

Greenhouse gases re-emits radiation to earth's surface, warming earth.
(a) Water vapor responsible for 85% and water aerosol 12%. (b)

Atmospheric window

is the 812

µm wavelength where natural green-

house gases do not absorb well.

(c) Lower atmosphere kept 33 C warmer than otherwise and moderate day/night temperature

But CFCs do!

∆.

(d) CO2 : 5060% of anthropogenic greenhouse eect. i. Exponential growth for 150 years; r = 0.5% per year. ii. By 2050,

1.5×

pre-industrial level.

(e) CH4 1220%; more than doubled in past 200 years. Human sources: landlls, burning biomass, coal and natural gas, agriculture: (anaerobes release CH4 ,), raising cattle. i. rice

Naturally,

methane releases may have ended glacial periods and

quickly increased temperatures. As ocean levels dropped, so did pressure on methane hydrates, causing them to be released into the atmosphere. Waters also warmed at the beginning of interglacial periods, further favoring release of methane. (f ) CFCs: inert compounds used at aerosol propellants up to 1978 in U.S. Tremendously more potent than CO2 . (g) N2 O 5%. Fertilizer application and fossil fuels. Long residence time in atmosphere. 5.

Forcing is any process that changes global temperatures.
(a) Global warming increases algae, which consume CO2 . (b) Greater [CO2 ] stimulates forest growth, removing CO2 . (c) Polar regions receive more precipitation from warmer air carrying more moisture; deposited snow reects heat. (d) Warmer temperature evaporates more water from oceans, forming more clouds, which reect heat.

6. Hypothesized negative feedback:

7. Hypothesized positive feedback: (a) Increase oceanic evaporation increases water vapor

ing.

increase warm-

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(b) Melting of permafrost releases methane. (c) Reducing

summer snowpack

reduces reection.

(d) People use additional air conditioning, burning more fossil fuels. 8. Both negative and positive occur spontaneously, but evidence points to positive being favored. Role of water vapor is critical and not well understood. 9.

Global dimming is the reduction of solar radiation by reection o particles and their interaction with water vapor. SO2 and volcanic aerosols oset some global greenhouse eect because they at as gases. . In some areas pollutants oset 50% of expected warming due to greenhouse

seeds for clouds

10. Potential consequences: (a)

Polar amplication is positive feedback of ice melting, thus reecting less heat. timal climate is not longer paired with optimal soil. i. Runo may be much faster because snow pack is reduced, leading to runo for more downstream regions.

(b) Climate change could damage agricultural productivity because op-

less

ii. Could increase occurrence or magnitude of violent storms because warmer ocean water puts more energy into storms. Past hurricanes show average magnitude rence has not). increased (but occur-

has

(c) Rising sea levelshalf the people on earth live near the coast! Caused by (1) (2)

thermal expansion of water, melting of glacial ice.
cm by 2100.

i. Already 12mm/yr. Estimated 4555

ii. Increase coastal erosion, loss of wetlands, saltwater intrusion. (d) Glaciers melt, but Antarctic ice cap grows.

Consistent with models.

(e) Changes in biosphere: evidence of many animals adapting. i. Some species cannot adapt quickly enough, particular plants, ii. Wild relatives of crops used for hybridization may die. iii.

range of mosquitoes carrying

malaria, dengue fever.

iv. Possibly responsible for spread of West Nile Virus to New York City. 11. Simply learning to live with global warming may not be the best idea because the rapid rise may bring many nasty surprises. If reduced to below 2.0 C over the next century, then very likely to be able to adapt. 12. Reducing climate change:

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(a) California (itself 12th largest greenhouse gasser) passed legislation to reduce emissions by 25% by 2020. (b) Conserve; use nuclear and renewables; use natural gas instead of other fuels. (c) Minimize burning of forests;

reforest.

(d) Geologic sequestration: capture CO2 and inject into reservoirs. Depleted oil elds or saltwater aquifer. Need to sequester 2 GtC/yr to be eective. i. Norway sequester CO2 from natural gas production facility under natural gas eld in North Sea. Expensive, but so is paying carbon tax. 13. Laws and Treaties (a) 1987

Montreal Protocol signed by 24 states to reduce and eliminate

CFC use and develop alternatives. Nearly phased out by 2000.

7.3

Loss of Biodiversity

7.3.1 Habitat loss; overuse; pollution; introduced species; endangered and extinct species
1. Species because the introduced and local species have not evolved with each other. (a) (b)

introduced to dierent biotic provinces (regardless of biome) likely to cause trouble
Ubiquitous species can be found anywhere. Cosmopolitan species can be found almost anywhere within suitable conditions. (c) (d)

Endemic species can be found naturally in only one place. Exotic species are species introduced into an area where it has not
evolved.

2. International Union for the Conservation of Nature's

ened Species

Red List of Threat-

(a) 20% known species of mammals, 12% birds, 4% reptiles, 31% amphibian, 3% sh, 3% vascular plants. 3.

Endangered species means any species which is in danger of extinction
throughout all or a signicant portion of its range [except insect pests].

4.

Threatened species

means any species which is likely to become an

endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a signicant portion of its range.

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5. Causes of Extinction (a) Population risk: random variations in birth and death rates result in many individuals unable to nd mates. (b) Environmental risk: non-catastrophic changes kill species. Some-

times can be very isolated, for example, specic pollinator/ower relationship: if plants die, so do pollinators. (c) Natural catastrophe. (d) Genetic risk: (

widespread mutation.

not

including environmental damage) genetic drift,

7.3.2 Maintenance Through Conservation
1. Goals: two approaches: (a) To some pretechnological number. Complex, inaccurate. (b) Seek some determinable number: minimum viable, optimal population, etc. i.

to maintain itself and its genetic variability indenitely. ii.

Minimal viable population is smallest

estimated population

Optimum sustainable population

is the

population to sustain itself without detriment to ecosystem. 2. Sometimes protection works too well:

largest

estimated

come problems for human life and property.

sea lions, mountain lions

have be-

3. Spatial relationshipslooking at each specie's habitatcan allow for preservation of certain species without compromising other species.

7.3.3 Laws and Treaties
1. Endangered Species (a) 1973

species and was the most wide-ranging piece of environmental legislation in the 1970s. As of 2007, 41 species have been de-listed

U.S. Endangered Species Act listed endangered, threatened

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