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Many scientists contend that the earth is the only real example of a(n) ________ system.
How many people can the earth support at a sustainable level?
an infinite number
more than the current population
less than the current population
no one knows
What three major cultural changes have occurred over the past 10,000 to 12,000 years?
The sustainability revolution, the agricultural revolution, and the industrial-medical revolution
The agricultural revolution, the sustainability revolution, and the information-globalization revolution
The industrial revolution, the resource revolution, and the information-globalization revolution
The agricultural revolution, the industrial-medical revolution, and the information-globalization revolution
The industrial revolution, the sustainability revolution, and the information-globalization revolution
Harvesting trees faster than nature can restore them is a human activity that ________ .
degrades natural capital
enhances natural capital
The world's ________ collectively degrade forests, topsoil, grasslands, fisheries, and wildlife.
________ refers to the natural resources and services that keep us alive and other species alive.
An inexhaustible resource can be defined as a resource that ________ .
can be replenished by natural processes
exists in a fixed quantity
can be replenished by technology
does not exist on the earth
has a continuous supply
Pesticides blown from land into the air are ________ sources of pollution
Ecological footprint is the amount of ________ needed to supply a person or an area with renewable resources and that are needed to absorb and recycle the wastes and pollution produced by such resource use.
land and oxygen
land and water
food and water
During most of the 10,000 years since humans invented agriculture, civilization has lived on the ________ of the earth's natural systems.
________ is an interdisciplinary study of how humans interact with the living and nonliving parts of their environment.
Briefly stated, living sustainably means living on ________ .
The prices of goods and services do not include most of the ________ .
necessary costs of enhancing the resources used
industrial costs of extraction of materials
harmful costs to the marketplace
exponential costs of labor around the world
harmful costs to humans or the environment
________ is an example of natural pollutants.
Smoke from smelters
People who can take the same data, be logically consistent with it, and arrive at quite different answers to moral, ethical, or religious questions are said to have differing ________ .
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