Assignment Objectives

Discuss environmental public policy in relation to current issues

Discuss fundamental concepts of environmental science: sustainability, stewardship, and sound science

Pollutants can harm ecosystem function and may also harm human health.

You will write an APA-style research paper about pollutants, their impacts, and mitigation of harmful effects. Include the following:

  • Select 1 example of an environmental pollutant from the following list:
    • Acid precipitation/ Acid rain
    • Smog
    • DDT pesticide use
    • Eutrophication
  • Answer the following questions about the pollution problem that you chose:
    • Describe the pollutant chosen and the source of the pollutants. Include both natural and human sources, as applicable.
      • Is this a point-source pollutant or nonpoint-source pollutant? Explain.
    • What are the harmful impacts of the pollution?
      • Describe impacts to both humans and to ecosystem structure and function.
    • What steps are in place to eliminate the pollutant or to mitigate harm from the pollutant?
      • Describe examples of laws or regulations that apply to the pollution and its sources.
      • Also, describe educational programs, technology, or other initiatives that are used to help control the pollution.
    • Have the programs, best management practices, or regulations been effective in resolving harm from the pollutant?
      • Give examples of progress, or explain with examples what more could be done.

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