This assignment will assess the following competencies:
1. Examine the role that Environmental Science plays in a modern society.
2. Examine how energy and matter are conserved in the environment.
3. Analyze environmental risks and how to evaluate risk vs gain.
4. Analyze an ecosystem and the interactions between the components that make up an ecosystem.
5. Analyze how population demographics are related to biotic limitations political actions economic stability and philosophical thinking.
6. Analyze the historical role of energy and how it has changed over time.
7. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of nonrenewable and renewable energy.
8. Explore the importance of and factors that influence biodiversity.
9. Examine the impact of changes in land use and the need for land use planning.
10. Analyze sustainable agricultural practice including pest management and agricultural pollution.
11. Examine how clean air and water are impacted by human behavior.
12. Analyze climate change and the scientific evidence that supports it.
13. Examine the issues surrounding solid waste treatment storage and disposal.
14. Examine hazardous waste and the actions that are taken to protect people and the environment.
15. Examine how environmental concerns play a role in politics and society.
Directions: Imagine that you are at a United Nations press conference and are responsible for answering questions on the following topic:
How do we balance the need for goods and energy with the harmful impact production transportation and use has on the environment?
You have been given the questions ahead of time so that you can carefully plan your answers. You will need to carefully craft an answer to EACH of the following questions:
What limits do you set to allow for economic growth with the least environmental impact?
What ethical issues does this involve?
How can you handle this?
How would you address the potential threat to the air water land or human health?
What level of risk would you find acceptable for society? Why?
What types of problems does using nuclear power present?
What will you tell the people about the safety of nuclear power?
What types of renewable energy could be a viable alternative?
How could both nuclear energy and renewable energy impact the threat of climate change? Explain your ideas.
What suggestions will you make regarding the issue?
How will these impact the local people?
Each response you prepare must be at least one page double-spaced and must address each aspect of the question. Your work must include all references consulted or it will not be accepted. Using others work without citations is considered plagiarism.

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