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    In Chapter 8 of Watershed 4: "Are We the Problem?"
    1. Is the equation, I=PAT true for all environmental problems. If yes, how? If no, why? Please, support your arguments with two practical examples from the course textbooks.

    2. Who proposed this equation? Explain the equation

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    In Chapter 8 of Watershed 4: "Are We the Problem?"
    1. Is the equation, I=PAT true for all environmental problems. If yes, how? If no, why? Please, support your arguments with two practical examples from the course textbooks.
    The equation I=PAT is not true for all environmental problems. This equation is true for environmental impact caused by human beings. There can be substantial impacts caused by natural disasters. For instance, there may be huge changes in the topography because of earthquakes and these could lead to washing away of valuable topsoil by subsequent rains. There would be substantial impact on the environment but these would not be caused by population, affluence or the use of technology. Similarly, large forests are destroyed because of fires caused by volcanic activity; these fires are not related to human population, affluence and technology. However, their impact on the environment is substantial. In the same vein we can consider the ...

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