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Laws:

NEPA
Homestead Act of 1862
Yellowstone National Parks Act
Wilderness Act
Clean Water Act
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Events:

Chernobyl, 3 Mile Island
Deepwater Horizon, Exxon Valdez, Kuwati Oil Fires
Cuyahoga River, Bhopal, Lova Canal
Hurricane Katrina, 3 Gorges Dam, Aral Sea
London's Yellow Fog, Seveso Dioxin Cloud
Dust Bowl, Yellowstone Founded
EPA founded, 1st Earth Day

Notes:





Economics Notes
Politics Notes

Unit 4: Environmental Politics & Economics

Readings:

Chapter 2 (Pg. 26-52)
Chapter 3 (pg. 57-83)

Goals: Environmental History

  • Characterize the influences of culture and worldview on the choices people make.
  • Explain the difference between Eco-centric, Bio-centric, and Anthropocentric perspectives
  • Cite examples of environmental events and how they changed people's perspective on the environment
  • Explain the three main waves of environmental policy

Goals: Environmental Politics

  • Describe environmental policy and assess its societal context
  • Identify the institutions important to US environmental policy
  • List the institutions involved with international environmental policy
  • Describe how nations handle trans-boundary environmental issues
  • Delineate the steps of the environmental policy process
  • Categorize different approaches to environmental policy (command and control, subsidies, taxes, permit trading/cap & trade, market incentives)
  • Explain and give examples of the Tragedy of the Commons

Goals: Environmental Economics

  • Describe precepts of neoclassical economic theory and summarize their implications for the environment
  • Compare Command Economies and Market Economies
  • Compare the concepts of economic growth, economic health, sustainability, and externalities
  • Explain the fundamentals of environmental economics and ecological economics
  • Compare and contrast GDP and GPI

Skills:

  • Perform Cost Benefit Analysis

Extras

Environmental Worldviews

Worldviews

History

Environemental Timeline
EPA Milestones
Time's Top 10 Environmental Disasters
Interactive Timeline 2

Silent Spring YouTube Clip
Silent Spring Shorter Clip
"DDT is Good For Me"
Bhopal Disaster
John Muir & Roosevelt in Yosemite
What have NPOs accomplished?

Politics

School House Rock: How a Bill Becomes a Law
NPOs
Project Vote Smart
EnviroLink: Environmnetal NPO's
Encycolpedia of Earth: Environmental Law

Economics

Story of Stuff Cap & Trade
Finances of Solar Titan
Canada's GDP hurt by climate change
World trade Organization's Environmental Site
Environmental Economics
GDP vs. GPI

Assignments