ged 108 environmental science essays

Hello, I am requesting assistance with writing four (4) essays that are 400-500 words each, APA Style with at least one reference. Below you will see the essay choices under each unit. Any other questions I can answer or the following are instructions. Thanks.

Writing Assignments

Each unit examination includes a written component. The writing assignments give students the opportunity to demonstrate a level of subject mastery beyond the objective unit examinations, which re ects his/her ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply his/ her knowledge.

Writing assignments are judged on the quality of the response. Word count is NOT one of the criteria that is used in assigning points to writing assignments. However, students who are successful in earning the maximum number of points tend to submit writing assignments that are 400-500 words (1-2 pages) per question.


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Citation Styles

The majority of your response should be your own original writing based on what you have learned from the textbook. However, students may also use outside materials if applicable. Be sure to provide a citation and a reference for any materials used, including the required textbook. The following points are designed to help you understand how to provide proper citations and references for your work:

•Sources are listed in two places.

The first, a citation, is briefly listed within your answer. This includes identifying information that directs the reader to your list of references at the end of your writing assignment.

The second, a reference, is at the end of your work in the list of references section.

All sources cited should follow APA style and provide enough identifying information so that the reader can access the original material.

Please utilize/reference the following textbook:

Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories

Jay Withgott & Matthew Laposata, 2018


ISBN.13: 978-0-134-71488-2

GED 108 – Environmental Science


You only need to select one question from the list below:

  1. Compare and contrast the philosophies of John Muir and Gifford Pinchot.
  2. Discuss the role of humans in regulating carrying capacity for the human species and in altering the carrying capacity for other species.
  3. List the three major trophic categories in a food web. What types of organisms are found in each level? At what levels are the autotrophs and heterotrophs found? Discuss the significance of each level for the integral functioning of the food web.


You only need to select one question from the list below:

  1. What is the main goal of environmental policy? Describe the “tragedy of the commons” and external costs, and explain why environmental policy would focus on these problems.
  2. What are the arguments for and against genetically modified crops? Discuss the scientific, economic, and political issues.
  3. Is extinction natural? How has the extinction rate changed over time? Why are extinction rates today different from past extinction rates?


You only need to select one question from the list below:

  1. How has the Smokey the Bear campaign, which attempted to eliminate wildfires from forested areas altogether, damaged forest health? What is the importance of fire in ecosystem management? What is the cost of fire suppression for ecosystem health? What is the alternative to fire suppression?
  2. Explain risk assessment and risk management. Discuss how risk management combines science and other social factors.
  3. Define water pollution, point source pollution, and non-point-source pollution. Which of the two (point source or non-point-source) is easier to identify? Which is easier to legislate? Which currently poses the greatest threat to fresh water?


You only need to select one question from the list below:

  1. Why is the concept of radiative forcing critical to understanding the causes of global climate change?
  2. If reducing waste can increase efficiency, why is the output of industrial waste still so great? What is the application of industrial ecology and life-cycle analysis to these problems?
  3. Why do urbanized societies need stretches of uninhabited and undeveloped land?
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