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WGU IOC4 - Module 10

Climate and Resources

Climate Change Can be positive or negative. Can be temporary or permanent. Any long-term significant change in the expected patterns of average weather of a specific region over an appropriately significant period of time.
Culture Can be derived by religion, language, diet, customs, or economic development.
Subculture A group of people with a culture (whether distinct or hidden) which differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong
Environmental Impact An assessment of the possible impact—positive or negative—that a proposed project may have on the natural environment
Deforestation The destruction of large areas of forest depletes habitats of many species of animals, leads to massive erosion problems may contribute to poor air quality.
Global Warming The belief that human use of fossil fuels, coal, oil, nat gas, and gasoline has increased the levels of carbon dioxide in the lower atmosphere causing a greenhouse effect. Prolonged warming could bring devastating climate changes.
Energy Developement Hydrocarbons (petroleum) can cause global warming, hydroelectric projects alter terrain, renewable energy cause little to no damage and petroleum can cause overpopulation and development.
Population Growth Massive influence on environment. Lead to increased farming, construction, mining, and energy development, and clearing land for development. Factors: Birth rate, death rate, replacement rate, migration.
Renewable resources Regenerate through natural processes. Are only sustainable when harvested BELOW sustainability curve. Geothermal, wind, solar power
Non-renewable resources Minerals and petroleum. Cannot be grown, made, or regenerated.
Created by: Joy3355