which of these sources is better for human sustainability, environmental science homework help

Assignment Objectives

Analyze one source of energy for promise and problems.

Student Instructions

For each assignment, you will use the M.U.S.E. link to complete the lab. Access the M.U.S.E. by clicking on Learning Materials.

In this lab, you will see the time progression of impacts associated with either coal-fired or nuclear power plants for electricity generation to help you write up a scientific paper that centers on the following:

  • Given that the current 2 primary sources of electricity generation are coal and nuclear power plants, which of these sources is better for human sustainability?

Analyze Energy Sources Lab

Everything people do in their daily lives involves the consumption of resources—particularly energy. With respect to energy, electricity is one of the most important resources consumed and also one of the highest in demand. Traditionally, fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and oil have dominated the U.S. energy mix; however, as it is well-known, carbon-emitting energy sources are very detrimental to the environment and are contributing to global warming. Fortunately, alternative energy resources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power are becoming more efficient and prevalent in today’s energy economy.

Using the M.U.S.E. link, review the background information and gather your data.

Use the Lab 4 worksheet for assignment instructions and data collection.

Please submit your completed assignment.

Grading Category Category Criteria Percentage and Points Possible
Purpose of Assignment and Content Development Use of appropriate, relevant, and compelling content that expresses topic, main idea, and purpose.

45% (90 of 200 points)

Organization, Grammar, and Presentation Organized and complete lab report/worksheet with all relevant information as indicated and outlined on the worksheet. Language clearly and effectively communicates ideas and content relevant to the assignment.

30% (60 of 200 points)

Critical Thinking Demonstrates ability to analyze assumptions, evaluate evidence, complexities of issues, and alternatives.

20% (40 of 200 points)

Information Literacy and Research Demonstrates good selection and use of high quality, credible, and relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate to the assignment. Includes correct in-text citations.

5% (10 of 200 points)

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

Reading Assignment

Words of Wisdom, Chapter 9

Assignment Objectives

  • Analyze one source of energy for promise and problems.

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