AP Environmental Science Unit 6 - Energy Resources & Consumption

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Here's an organized outline for AP Environmental Science Unit 6 reviews. This outline has been adapted from the 2019 Course Description published by College Board. You can use this to build an AP Enviro Unit 6 study guide.

Human Energy Use

Humans use of energy sources have created a large and lasting impact on the environment. 
Watch: AP Environmental Science - 🎥 Fossil Fuels
Energy sources can be classified as renewable and nonrenewable.
  • Nonrenewable energy sources are those that exist in a fixed amount (fossil fuels).
  • Renewable energy sources are those that can be replenished at or near the rate of consumption (wind, hydroelectric and solar).
Read: AP Environmental Science - Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
The amount of energy consumed and subsequent impact, differs greatly from one community to another. 
The distribution of natural energy is dependent on the region’s geologic history.

Renewable Energy

There have been major technological developments in the use of clean and renewable energies. 
Watch: AP Environmental Science - 🎥 Renewable Energy (I) and Renewable Energy (II)

Unit 6 Vocab

  • Biomass
  • Developed countries
  • Developing countries
  • Energy conservation
  • Fossil fuels
  • Geothermal energy
  • Global distribution of energy
  • Half-life
  • Hydroelectric power
  • Hydrogen fuel cells
  • Hydrologic fracturing
  • Industrialization
  • Nonrenewable energy sources
  • Nuclear power generation
  • Processes of power generation
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Solar energy
  • Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima
  • Wind energy
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