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
DDT pesticide use
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
Describe examples of laws or regulations that apply to the pollution and its
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.