Environmental Science 102
Natural Resources and Resource Management Study Guide
After the "Natural Resources and Resource Management" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.
What is resource conservation and why is it important?
What is meant by the term natural resource?
When does a natural material become a natural resource?
What is nonrenewable resource? Give some examples.
What is a renewable resource? Give some examples.
What is a reusable resource?
What is recycling?
What are some of the recyclable materials?
Describe the difference be pre-production and post-production recycling.
What is resource management and how is it done?
What are some of the techniques of resource management?
What is development?
What are some of the characteristics of developed countries?
What are some of the characteristics of underdeveloped countries?
How does the United Nations define human development?
What are the three essential capabilities for human development?
What is the Human Development Index?
What is the relationship between development and demand on natural resources?
What is the relationship between development and waste production?
As a developed nation, what kind of demand does the United States place on natural resources?
As a developed nation, what kind of waste does the United States generate as a result of the use of natural resources?
What is China's natural resource inventory?
Based on China's natural resource situation, and it current population size, what kind of demand is China placing on its natural resources?
Much of China is still underdeveloped, but is quickly moving towards becoming fully developed. Many areas, especially large cities are fully developed, modern cities. What will happen to the demand for natural resources as China becomes more developed?