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AU Environmental Studies Sem IV
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1 Unit 1 Introduction Definition, Score and importance, Measuring and defining environmental development : Indicators VIEW CHAPTERS
2 Unit 2 Ecosystems Introduction, Types, Characteristic features, Structure and functions of ecosystems, Forest, Grassland, Desert, Aquatic (lakes, rivers and estuaries) VIEW CHAPTERS
3 Unit 3 Environment and Natural Resources Management Land Resources : Land as a resource, Common property resources, land degradation, Solerosion and desertification, Effects of modern agriculture, fertilizer pesticide problems, Forest Resources : Use and over-exploitation, Mining and dams - their effects on forest and tribal people, Water resources : Use and over-utilization of surface and ground water, Floods, Droughts, Water logging and salinity, Dams - benefits and costs, Conflicts over water, Energy Resources : Energy needs, Renewable and non-renewable energy sources, Use of alternate energy resources, Impact of energy use on environment VIEW CHAPTERS
4 Unit 4 Bio-Diversity and its Conservation Value of bio-diversity - Consumptive and productive use, Social, Ethical, Aesthetic and option values, Bio-geographical classification of India - India as a mega diversity habitat, Threats to biodiversity - Hot-sports, habitat loss, poaching of wildlife, loss of species, seeds etc,, Conservation of biodiversity - in - situ and exsitu conservation VIEW CHAPTERS
5 Unit 5 Environmental Pollution - Local and Global Issues Causes, Effects and control measures of : Air pollution, Indoor air pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Marine pollution, Noise pollution, Solid waste management, Compositing, Vermiculture, Urban and industrial wastes, Recycling and re-use, Nature of thermal pollution and nuclear hazards, Global warming, Acid rain, Ozone depletion VIEW CHAPTERS
6 Unit 6 Environmental Problems in India Drinking water, Sanitation and public health, Effect of activities of the quality of environment : Urbanization, Transportation, Industrialization, Green revolution, Water scarcity and ground water depletion, Controversies on major dams - Resettlement and rehabilitation of people problems and concerns, Rain water harvesting, Cloud seeding and watershed management VIEW CHAPTERS
7 Unit 7 Economy and Environment The economy and environment interaction, Economics of development, Preservation and conservation, Sustainability : Theory and practice, Limits to growth, Equitable use of resources for sustainable lifestyles, Environmental impact assessment VIEW CHAPTERS
8 Unit 8 Social Issues and the Environment Population growth and environment, Environmental education, Environmental movements, Environment Vs development VIEW CHAPTERS
9 Unit 9 Institutions and Governance Regulation by Government, Monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulation, Environmental acts : Water (Prevention and control of pollution) act, air (Prevention and control of pollution) act, Environmental Protection Act, Wild life protection act, Forest conservation act, Costal zone regulations, Institutions and policies relating to India, Environmental Governance VIEW CHAPTERS
10 Unit 10 International Conventions Stockholm Conference 1972, Earth Summit 1992, World Commission for Environmental Development (WCED) VIEW CHAPTERS
11 Unit 11 Case Studies Chipko movement, Narmada bachao andolan, Silent valley project, Madhura refinery and Taj Majal, Industrialization of pattancheru, Nuclear reactor at Nagarjuna Sager, Tehri Dam, Ralegaon Siddhi (Anna Hazare), Kolleru lake - Acquaculture, Florosis in Andhra Pradesh VIEW CHAPTERS
12 Unit 12 Field Work Visit to a local area to document and mapping environmental assets - River / forest / grassland / hill / mountain, Study of local environment - Common plants, Insects, Birds, Study of simple ecosystems - Pond, river, hill, slopes etc, Visits to industries, Water treatment plants, Affluent treatment plants VIEW CHAPTERS
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