ap-environmental-science

3-25-17 | 44/100 Days of Productivity

another day of apes notes *sighs* … BUT this chapter’s really interesting! it’s unfortunate that these diseases exist, but the info kinda makes you (imo) wanna find an immediate cure for this like asap???? 

i honestly wish everybody in the world could be happy and healthy, we’d live longer and get to make more memories with each other ahhhhhh just imagining this in my head gives me hope for the world (◕ᴗ◕✿)

🎶 currently listening to : Manito - CNBLUE (such a cute song)

[09.05.16] more ap enviro notes haah..not ready for 3 quizzes tomorrow

{7/100 days of productivity}

The AP exams, explained

Chemistry

Environmental Science

Psychology

Calculus 

Chinese 

English 

Japanese 

Physics 

Computer Science  

Spanish

German 

Economics

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

United States Government and Politics

French

Human Geography

Latin 

Art History

United States History

European History

Biology

Music Theory

Statistics

Comparative Government and Politics 

World History

Italian 

In conclusion, to anyone who is suffering through the AP exams:

(Gifs not mine)

Environmental Science Pick Up Lines

“Our love will last till the radioactive waste on Earth has decayed to a safe level.”

“You light up my life like an energy-efficient LED light bulb.”

“Girl, is your name methane? Cause you are makin’ my world hella hot.”

3-14-17 | 35/100 Days of Productivity

So, I kinda forgot to post yesterday, oops. My PE teacher thought that running around the football field 10 times wouldn’t be so bad. Exhaustion completely took over me and I sorta napped for too long ;//-//;

But here I am again with some APES notes as always !

🎶 currently listening to : Never Ever - GOT7 (the album is so gOOD, WHAT EVEN)

Motivation for AP exams

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Guys, here’s a fun tip, if you really want to get ahead in your AP classes over the summer (even though I know most of you procrastinate in ridiculous amounts, like me) if you just google the name of your AP class, for example, AP Biology and click the APCentral/Collegeboard link it will take you to the “Professionals” or teachers page and there are course reviews and course guide PDFs on there that basically tell you everything in the course and it’s pretty great. 

To all the kids in AP classes with C's

You worked hard for that C. Sure you would like your normal A but that doesn’t mean you should put yourself down because of a C. AP classes are supposed to be hard so if you think about it, a C is really an A. Heck some schools have a weighted GPA. A C in an AP class is an A in those kind of school systems, but what I’m trying to say is don’t put yourself down for something you worked hard for, your effort was seen and recognized or else it would be an F instead of a C. 

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3-15-17 | 36/100 Days of Productivity

i took a quiz for geometry recently and AHHHHHH I GOT A 100% i’m honestly very happy because math is one of my weakest subjects, and so seeing this percentage as an outcome of what i’ve done to do better in the class just makes me wanna sing, “CONGRATULATIONS AND JUBILATIONS!” always keep that chin up guys!! you got this (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

currently working on a lab for apes, it seems really interesting ovo”

here are some chrysanthemums my parents bought for one of my relatives’ birthday, aren’t they pretty? bless mother nature for creating these beauties ^^

🎶 currently listening to : Movie - BTOB (makes me wanna sway all day)

Useful review for all APES students (154 ways to go APES)

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APES REVIEW: “THE MANY WAYS TO GO APE(S)”

Put these facts on index cards. Study them throughout the year.

The underlined term or phrase goes on one side, and the definition/explanation goes on the other side.

BIODIVERSITY

1) Conservation: allowing the use of resources in a responsible manner

2) Preservation: setting aside areas and protecting them from human activities

3) Keystone species: species whose role in an ecosystem are more important than others ( sea otters, sea stars, grizzly

bears, prairie dogs)

4) Indicator species: species that serve as early warnings that an ecosystem is being damaged ex. trout

5) Characteristics of endangered species: small range, large territory, or live on an island

6) Endangered species: a group of organisms in danger of becoming extinct if the situation is not improved; population

numbers have dropped below the critical number of organisms; North spotted Owl (loss of old growth forest), Bald

Eagle (thinning of eggs caused by DDT), Piping Plover (nesting areas threatened by development), and many others

7) Invasive/Alien/Exotic species: non-native species to an area; often thrive and disrupt the ecosystem balance; examples:

kudzu vine, purple loosestrife, African honeybee “killer bee”, water hyacinth, fire ant, zebra mussel, gypsy moth,

Asian Long Horned Beetle

CYCLES/PROCESSES

8) Parts of the hydrologic cycle: evaporation, transpiration, runoff, condensation, precipitation, infiltration

9) Nitrogen fixing: because atmospheric N 2 cannot be used directly by plants it must first be converted into ammonia (NH 3 )

by bacteria (rhizobium or cyanobacteria)

10) Ammonification: nitrogen is converted into ammonia by ammonifying bacteria; may occur when nitrogen in organic

wastes in the soil are converted to ammonia or when atmospheric nitrogen (N 2 ) is converted to NH 3

11) Nitrification: ammonia (NH 3 ) is converted to nitrate ions (NO 3 )

-

12) Assimilation: inorganic N 2 is converted into organic molecules such as DNA/amino acids & proteins - plants assimilate

nitrogen as NH 4

+

or NO 3

-

through their roots; animals (herbivores) assimilate organic nitrogen compounds by eating

plants

13) Denitrification: bacteria convert nitrate (NO 3 )

-

and nitrite (NO 2 )

-

back into N 2 gas; bacteria convert ammonia (NH 3 ) back

into N 2 or N 2 O – typically accomplished by anaerobic bacteria

14) Phosphorus does not circulate as easily as nitrogen because: it does not exist as a gas, but is released by weathering of

phosphate (PO 4 )

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rocks; this is a SEDIMENTARY cycle – it is never found as a gas

15) How excess phosphorus is added to aquatic ecosystems: runoff of animal wastes, fertilizer, discharge of sewage; limiting

factor in freshwater ecosystems; excess P leads to eutrophication

16) Photosynthesis: plants convert atmospheric carbon (CO 2 ) into complex carbohydrates (glucose C 6 H 12 O 6 ); energy is

consumed and oxygen is released as a waste product

17) Aerobic respiration: O 2 -consuming producers, consumers & decomposers break down complex organic compounds &

convert C back into CO 2 ; energy is released and oxygen is consumed in the process

18) Anaerobic Respiration: break down of carbohydrates without oxygen – products are methane (CH 4 ), alcohols and other

organics

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19) Transpiration – process where water is absorbed by plant roots, moves up through plants, passes through pores

(stomata) in leaves or other parts, evaporates into atm. as water vapor

20) Largest reservoirs of C: carbonate (CO 3 )

2-

rocks first, oceans second

ECOLOGY

21) Sustainability: the ability to meet the current needs of humanity without compromising the ability of future generations

to meet their needs

22) The Tragedy of the Commons: (1968 paper by ecologist Garret Hardin) “Freedom to breed” is bringing ruin to all.

Global commons such as atmosphere & oceans are used by all and owned by none. When no individual has

ownership, no one takes responsibility. Examples: overfishing in the oceans, over pumping of the Ogallala Aquifer

23) Natural selection: organisms that possess favorable adaptations survive and pass them onto the next generation

24) Energy flow in food webs or chains, through trophic systems: only 10% of the usable energy is transferred because

usable energy lost as heat (second law); not all biomass is digested and absorbed; predators expend energy to catch prey;

the 10% value is an average value

25) Biotic and abiotic: living and nonliving components of an ecosystem

26) Competition – a type of population interaction, usually over a limited resource – may be intraspecific or interspecific

27) Producer/Autotroph: photosynthetic or chemosynthetic life; Chemotroph – organism undergoing chemosynthesis –

usually carried out by sulfur bacteria in aphotic zones in the ocean (deep ocean vents, etc.)

28) Primary succession: development of communities in a lifeless area not previously inhabited by life or those in which the

soil profile is totally destroyed (lava flows); no soil substrate present; begins with lichen action

29) Secondary succession: life progresses where soil remains (clear-cut forest, fire, disturbed areas)

30) Mutualism: symbiotic relationship where both partners benefit and both participate

31) Commensalism: symbiotic relationship where one partner benefits & the other is unaffected or may benefit

32) Parasitism: relationship in which one partner obtains nutrients at the expense of the host

33) Biome: large distinct terrestrial region having similar climate, soil, plants & animals; terrestrial biomes determining

factors are temperature and precipitation

34) Carrying capacity: the number of individuals (size of the population) that can be sustained in an area (supported by

available resources in the environment)

35) R strategist: reproduce early in life; many small unprotected offspring; tend to be generalists, short lifespan

36) K strategist: reproduce late in life; few offspring; care for offspring; tend to be specialists, longer lifespan

37) Positive feedback: when a change in some condition triggers a response that intensifies the changing condition (warmer

Earth - snow melts - less sunlight is reflected & more is absorbed, therefore warmer Earth)

38) Negative feedback: when a changing in some condition triggers a response that counteracts the changed condition

(warmer Earth - more ocean evaporation - more stratus clouds - less sunlight reaches the ground - therefore cooler Earth)

39) Malthus: said human population increases exponentially, while food supplies increase arithmetically; factors that keep

the population in check include war, famine & disease

40) Doubling time: rule of 70; 70 divided by the percent growth rate

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41) Replacement level fertility: the number of children a couple must have to replace themselves (2.1 developed, 2.7

developing); biotic potential; total fertility rate (TFR)

42) World Population: ~ 6.8 billion U.S. Population: ~ 310 million

43) Preindustrial stage: (demographic transition) birth & death rates high, population grows slowly, infant mortality high

44) Transitional stage: (demographic transition) death rate lower, better health care, population grows fast

45) Industrial stage: (demographic transition) decline in birth rate, population growth slows

46) Postindustrial stage: (demographic transition) low birth & death rates

47) Age structure diagrams: broad base = rapid growth; narrow base = negative growth; uniform shape = zero growth;

Major Age Cohorts

.

pre-reproductives, reproductives, post-reproductives

48) First and second most populated countries: China and India

49) Most important thing affecting population growth: low status of women

50) Ways to decrease birth rate: family planning, contraception, economic rewards and penalties

51) True cost / External costs: harmful environmental side effects that are not reflected in a product’s price

ELECTRICITY

52) Cogeneration: using waste heat to make electricity

53) Electricity generated by fossil fuels, biomass or nuclear power: heat is produced which creates steam

.

steam turns a

turbine

.

the mechanical energy from the turbine is converted to electrical energy in a generator and that energy is

transmitted to homes through power lines

54) Hydroelectric power: potential energy of stored water is used to turn a turbine

.

the mechanical energy from the

turbine is converted to electrical energy in a generator and that energy is transmitted to homes through power lines

ENERGY, GENERAL

55) Thermal gradient: spontaneous flow of heat from warmer to cooler bodies

56) Ionizing radiation: enough energy to dislodge electrons from atoms, forming ions; capable of causing cancer (gamma, Xrays,

UV)

57) High Quality Energy: organized & concentrated; can perform useful work (fossil fuel & nuclear)

58) Low Quality Energy: disorganized, dispersed (heat in ocean or air wind, solar)

59) First Law of Thermodynamics: energy is neither created nor destroyed, but may be converted from one form to another

(Law of Conservation of Energy)

60) Second Law of Thermodynamics: when energy is changed from one form to another, some useful energy is always

degraded into lower quality energy, usually heat

61) Best solutions to energy shortage: conservation, increase efficiency, explore alternative energy options

62) Alternate energy sources: wind, solar, waves, biomass, geothermal, fuel cells

ENERGY, NUCLEAR

63) Natural radioactive decay: unstable radioisotopes decay releasing gamma rays, alpha particles, and beta particles

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64) Half-life: the time it takes for ½ the mass of a radioisotope to decay

65) Estimate of how long a radioactive isotope must be stored until it decays to a safe level: approximately 10 half-lives

66) Nuclear Fission: nuclei of isotopes split apart when struck by neutrons

67) Nuclear Fusion: two isotopes of light elements (H) forced together at high temperatures till they fuse to form a heavier

nucleus (He). Process is expensive; break-even point not reached yet; D + D

.

He or D + T

.

He

68) Mass deficit: not all matter is converted into matter in a fusion reaction – some (the mass deficit) is converted into

energy. E = mc

2

. Explains the energy released in a fusion reaction.

69) Major parts of a nuclear reactor: core, control rods, steam generator, turbine, containment building

70) Two most serious nuclear accidents: Chernobyl, Ukraine (1986) and Three Mile Island, PA (1979)

FOSSIL FUELS

71) Petroleum formation: microscopic aquatic organisms in sediments converted by heat and pressure into a mixture of

hydrocarbons (animal remains)

72) Pros of petroleum: relatively cheap, easily transported, high-quality energy

73) Cons of petroleum: reserves will be depleted soon; pollution during drilling, transport and refining; burning makes

CO 2

74) Steps in coal formation: peat, lignite, bituminous, anthracite

PESTS

75) Major insecticide groups (and examples): chlorinated hydrocarbons (DDT); organophosphates (malathion);

carbamates (aldicarb)

76) Pesticide pros: saves lives from insect-transmitted disease, increases food supply, increases profits for farmers

77) Pesticide cons: genetic resistance, ecosystem imbalance, pesticide treadmill, persistence, bioaccumulation, biological

magnification

78) Natural pest control: better agricultural practices, genetically resistant plants, natural enemies, biopesticides, sex

attractants

79) In natural ecosystems, methods which control 50-90% of pests: predators, diseases, parasites

POLLUTION, AIR

80) Particulate matter:

Source: burning fossil fuels and diesel exhaust

Effect: reduces visibility & respiratory irritation

Reduction: filtering, electrostatic precipitators, alternative energy)

81) Nitrogen Oxides (NO x ):

Source: ~50% from transportation (exhaust), ~50% from industry

Effects: acidification of lakes, respiratory irritation, leads to photochemical smog & ozone formation

Equation for acid formation: NO + O 2

.

NO 2 + H 2 O

.

HNO 3

Reduction: selective catalytic reduction unit, more efficient combustion processes like FBC (fluidized bed

combustion), lower combustion temperatures, find alternatives to fossil fuels

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82) Sulfur oxides (SO x ):

Source: coal burning

Effects: acid deposition, respiratory irritation, damages plants

Equation for acid formation: SO 2 + O 2 = SO 3 + H 2 O = H 2 SO 4

Reduction: scrubbers, burn low sulfur fuel)

83) Carbon oxides (CO and CO 2 ):

Source: auto exhaust, incomplete combustion

Effects: CO binds to hemoglobin, reducing blood’s ability to carry O 2 ; CO 2 contributes to

global warming

Reduction: catalytic converter, emissions testing, oxygenated fuel, mass transit, increase efficiencies, find

alternatives to fossil fuels

84) Ozone (O 3 ):

Formation: secondary pollutant,

NO 2 + uv

.

NO + O* O* + O 2

.

O 3 , with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)

Effects: respiratory irritant, plant damage

Reduction: reduce NO and VOC emissions

Tropospheric ozone is BAD, stratospheric ozone is GOOD

85) Radon (Rn): naturally occurring colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, found in some types of soil and rock, can seep into

homes and buildings, formed from the decay of uranium (U), causes cancer and is a problem in the Reading Prong area

of PA. Radon decays to Polonium (Po), which is a solid. Po particles sit in lung tissue and are alpha (.) emitters. This

leads to lung cancer.

86) Photochemical smog: formed by chemical reactions involving sunlight (NO, VOC, O*); associated with automobile

traffic

87) Acid deposition: caused by sulfuric and nitric acids (H 2 SO 4 , HNO 3 ), resulting in lowered pH of surface waters, soil

acidification and destruction of building materials

88) Greenhouse gases: Examples: H 2 O, CO 2 , O 3 , chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), methane (CH 4 ). Effect: they trap outgoing

infrared (IR, heat) energy, causing Earth to warm

89) Effects of global warming: rising sea level (thermal expansion), extreme weather, drought, famine, extinctions

90) Stratospheric ozone depletion: caused by ozone-depleting chemicals (ODCs) such as CFCs, methyl chloroform or

trichloromethane (CHCl 3 ), carbon tetrachloride (CCl 4 ), halon (haloalkanes), methyl bromide (CH 3 Br)— all of which

attack stratospheric ozone. The Cl or Br atoms “attack” the ozone molecules and cause the thinning of this layer. Global

Agreement to decrease ODC – Montreal Protocol (1987)

91) Effects of ozone depletion: increased UV light that results in skin cancer, cataracts, decreased plant growth (inhibits

photosynthesis, decline in Antarctic and Arctic phytoplankton population), impaired immune systems

92) Primary air pollutants: produced by humans & nature (CO,CO 2 ,SO x ,NO x , hydrocarbons, particulates)

93) Secondary Air Pollutants: produced as a result of reactions that primary air pollutants undergo (include photochemical

pollutants O 3 , PAN and NO 2 , and acids such as H 2 SO 4 and HNO 3 )

94) Sources of mercury: burning coal (25% of atmospheric deposition), compact fluorescent bulbs

95) Major source of sulfur: coal –burning power plants

POLLUTION, GENERAL

96) Point vs. non point sources: Point, from specific location such as a pipe. Non-point, from over an area such as runoff

POLLUTION, WATER

97) Chlorine: good= disinfection of water; bad = forms trihalomethanes when organics are present in the water; many

systems now use chloramines to treat waste water before it is discharged. Alternatives to chlorine disinfection – ozone

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or UV light

98) Fecal coliform/Enterococcus bacteria: indicator of sewage contamination ; found in the intestines of all warm blooded

mammals (coliform bacteria)

99) BOD: biological oxygen demand, amount of dissolved oxygen needed by aerobic decomposers to break down organic

materials in water

100) Eutrophication: may result in rapid algal growth caused by an excess of nitrates (NO 3 )

-

and phosphates (PO 4 )

3-

in water

101) Hypoxia: when aquatic plants die, the BOD rises as aerobic decomposers break down the plants, the DO (dissolved

O 2 ) drops & the water cannot support life; very low DO levels; dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico

102) Anoxic: no DO (dissolved O 2 ) in the water

SOIL/GEOLOGY

103) Surface mining: cheaper and can remove more minerals; less hazardous to workers

104) Ore: a rock that contains a large enough concentration of a mineral making it profitable to mine

105) Humus: organic, dark material remaining after decomposition by microorganisms

106) Leaching: removal of dissolved materials from soil by water moving downwards

107) Illuviation: deposit of leached material in lower soil layers (B horizon)

108) Loam: perfect agricultural soil with optimal portions of sand, silt, clay (40%, 40%, 20%)

109) Soil Profile, horizons in order: O – A – E – B – C –R

110) Organic fertilizer: slow-acting & long-lasting because the organic remains need time to be decomposed

111) Salinization of soil: in arid regions, water evaporates leaving salts behind

112) Volcano and Earthquake occurrence: at plate boundaries (divergent= spreading, mid-ocean ridges) (convergent=

trenches) (transform= sliding, San Andreas)

113) Monoculture – cultivation of a single crop, usually in a large area

114) Food: wheat, rice and corn provide more than ½ of the calories in the food consumed by the world’s people

TOXICOLOGY

115) LD50 (LD-50, LD 50 ): the amount of a chemical that kills 50% of the animals in a test population within 14 days of the

initial dose

116) Threshold dose: the maximum dose that has no measurable effect on a given population

WATER

117) Percent water on earth by type: 97.5% seawater, 2.5% freshwater

118) Aquifer: any water-bearing layer in the ground; confined or artesian, unconfined or water table

119) Subsidence: land sinks as result of over pumping an aquifer

120) Cone of depression: lowering of the water table around a pumping well

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121) Salt water intrusion: near the coast, over-pumping of groundwater causes saltwater to move into the aquifer

122) Ways to conserve water: agriculture = drip/trickle irrigation; industry = recycling; home = use gray water, repair leaks,

low flow fixtures. reclaimed water for agriculture and golf courses

WASTE, HAZARDOUS and effects

123) Hazardous Waste (as defined by RCRA) – Mutagen, Teratogen, Carcinogen: (in order) causes hereditary changes

through mutations; causes fetus deformities; causes cancer

124) Minamata Bay disease: (1932-1968, Japan) physical and mental impairments caused by methylmercury (CH 3 Hg)

+

poisoning

125) Love Canal, NY: (1950s +) chemicals buried in old canal; school and homes built over it; caused birth defects and

cancer

WASTE, SOLID

126) Main component of municipal solid waste (MSW): paper; most is landfilled

127) Sanitary landfill problems and solutions:

problem = leachate; solution = liner with collection system

problem = methane gas; solution = collect gas and burn

problem = volume of garbage; solution = compact and reduce

128) Incineration advantages: volume of waste reduced by 90%, and waste heat can be used

129) Incineration disadvantages: toxic emissions (polyvinyl chloride, dioxins), scrubbers and electrostatic precipitators

needed, ash disposal (contains heavy metals)

130) Best way to solve waste problem: reduce the amounts of waste at the source (source reduction)

WEATHER/CLIMATE

131) ENSO: El Niño Southern Oscillation, see-sawing of air pressure over the S. Pacific

132) During an El Niño year: trade winds weaken & warm water sloshed back to SA

133) During a non El Niño year: easterly trade winds and ocean currents pool warm water in the western Pacific, allowing

upwelling of nutrient rich water off the west coast of South America

134) Effects of El Niño: upwelling decreases disrupting food chains; N U.S. has mild winters, SW U.S. has increased

rainfall, less Atlantic hurricanes

135) Temperature Inversion – layer of dense, cool air trapped under a layer of warm dense air, pollution in trapped layer

may build to harmful levels; frequent in Los Angeles, California and Mexico City, Mexico

136) Forest Fires: Types – Surface, Crown, Ground (in order) usually burn only under growth and leaf litter on forest floor;

hot fires, may start on ground but eventually leap from treetop to treetop; go underground, may smolder for days or

weeks, difficult to detect and extinguish, i.e. peat bogs.

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LEGISLATION: Note – original years of inception are included FYI

MINING

137) Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act: (1977) requires coal strip mines to reclaim the land Madrid Protocol:

(1991) Suspension of mineral exploration (mining) for 50 years in Antarctica

138) Madrid Protocol: (1991) Moratorium on mineral exploration for 50 years in Antarctica

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WATER

139) Safe Drinking Water Act: (SDWA, 1974) set maximum contaminant levels for pollutants in drinking water that may

have adverse effects on human health

140) Clean Water Act: (CWA, 1972) set maximum permissible amounts of water pollutants that can be discharged into

waterways; aims to make surface waters swimmable and fishable

141) Ocean Dumping Ban Act: (1988) bans ocean dumping of sewage sludge and industrial waste in the ocean

AIR

142) Clean Air Act: (CAA, 1970) set emission standards for cars and limits for release of air pollutants

143) Kyoto Protocol: (2005) controlling global warming by setting greenhouse gas emissions targets for developed

countries

144) Montreal Protocol: (1987) phase-out of ozone depleting substances

WASTE, SOLID AND HAZARDOUS

145) Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA): (1976) controls hazardous waste with a cradle-to-grave system

146) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA): (1980) “Superfund,” designed to

identify and clean up abandoned hazardous waste dump sites

147) Nuclear Waste Policy Act: (1982) U.S. government must develop a high level nuclear waste site (Yucca Mtn)

148) Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA, 1996): set pesticide limits in food, & all active and inactive ingredients must be

screened for estrogenic/endocrine effects

LIFE

149) Endangered Species Act: (1973) identifies threatened and endangered species in the U.S., and puts their protection

ahead of economic considerations

150) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES): (1973) lists species that cannot be commercially

traded as live specimens or wildlife products

151) Magnuson-Stevens Act: (1976) Management of marine fisheries

152) Healthy Forest Initiative: (HFI, Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003) thin overstocked stands, clear away

vegetation and trees to create shaded fuel breaks, provide funding and guidance to reduce or eliminate hazardous fuels

in national forests, improve forest fire fighting, and research new methods to halt destructive insects

GENERAL

153) National Environmental Policy Act: (1969) Environmental Impact Statements must be done before any project

affecting federal lands can be started

154) Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants: (2004) Seeks to protect human health from the 12 most toxic

chemicals (includes 8 chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides / DDT can be used for malaria control)

AP Testing
  • Good luck on your AP tests everyone! You've gotten this far, now you just have to pass the test. Please get a good night's rest and relax. I love you all, and no matter what you score I'm so proud of you.
Little AP test week things:

“Wait that’s today?”

“I don’t care all I’ve got is one mechanical pencil and I’m using it”

“I think I may have spelled my name wrong on the bubble sheet what do I do”

“I’m about to take a $92 nap”

“If I get tears on this will it still go through the machine”

*pulls handfulls of mints out of backpack* ok I’m ready lets go

“What’s this class called again?”

Random (but Important) APES Case Studies (condensed)
  • Aral Sea, former USSR–The freshwater sources leading to the Aral Sea were diverted for irrigation projects. The Aral Sea shrank, and the fishing industry there was destroyed.
  • Mono Lake, California–LA Dept. of Water diverted the freshwater sources of water away from Mono Lake. Environmentalists feared lake would dry up and become too salty and alkaline. (Mono Lake would have become another Aral Sea situation.) Dept. of Water stopped diverting before lake was destroyed.
  • Kissimmee River, Florida–The river underwent a channelization project. The habitats of waterfowl were destroyed. Currently, there is a large project to restore the river (the largest river restoration project in the world).
  • Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania–There was a nuclear meltdown near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Measures were taken to prevent spread of the disaster. Major result of Three Mile Island is fear of nuclear power.
  • Chernobyl, Ukraine–Nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl. Biggest nuclear disaster. Cities in Ukraine had to be evacuated. It resulted in an increase in thyroid cancer incidences.
  • James Bay, Quebec–Hydroelectric power stations were built on La Grande River near James Bay. The project resulted in environmental impacts like mercury pollution, water flow modifications, and local climate changes.