|The ProCon.org resources listed below can be used to supplement the instruction of AP Environmental Science. They are geared to match College Board learning outcomes and test preparation, while also advancing critical thinking with real-world information about important policy issues. Environmental Science teachers who are not preparing for the AP test may also find the resources useful.
“The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.”
College Board, “AP Environmental Science,” collegeboard.org (accessed July 21, 2016)
- Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
- Historical Timeline
- Chart of Energy Used by State and by Source
- 2016 Election: Should Fracking Be Allowed?
- Top 10 Pro and Con Quotes
- Did You Know?
- What Are Fossil Fuels?
- What Are Alternative Energies?
- Should the US Subsidize Alternative Energies?
- Will Alternative Energy Development Create More Jobs?
- Should the US Phase Out Fossil Fuels?
- Will Alternative Energy Development Increase US Independence and Security?
- Will Increased Oil Drilling Help the US Solve Its Energy Crisis?
- What Are Tar Sands / Oil Sands?
- Should the United States Authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to Import Tar Sand Oil From Canada?
- What Is Peak Oil?
- Is Global Oil Production at (or past) Its Peak?
- Should the US Use “Clean Coal” as an Energy Source?
- Should the US Increase Its Use of Natural Gas?
- What Is Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)?
- Should the United States Use Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) to Extract Natural Gas?
- Should the United States Implement a Carbon Cap and Trade System?
- Should Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology Be Developed?
- What Is the Electricity Grid?
- What Are Biofuels?
- Does Ethanol Generate More Energy Than the Amount Neded to Produce It?
- Will the Development of Biofuels, Such as Ethanol, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
- Is Biofuel Production a Major Cause of the World Food Crisis?
- How Is Hydrogen Fuel Made?
- What Are Fuel Cells?
- Should Hydrogen (vs. Electricity) Be the Dominant Energy in the US?
- Should the United States Build More Hydropower Dams?
- How Is Nuclear Power Produced?
- Is Nuclear Power Cost-Effective?
- Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?
- Is Expanding Nuclear Energy Production Necessary to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
- What Are the Different Methods of Solar Power Generation?
- Is Solar Power Production Environmentally Friendly?
- Is Solar Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy?
- How Is Wind Power Produced?
- Is Wind Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy?
- Is Large-Scale Wind Power Production Environmentally Friendly?
- What Is Global Climate Change?
- What Are Greenhouse Gases?
- Are Humans Substantially Responsible for Global Climate Change Today?
- Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?
- Background: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?
- Top Pro and Con Quotes: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?
- 2016 Election: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?