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Research Paper for Non-Science Fair Students

posted Nov 11, 2014, 4:02 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 4:02 AM by Michael Reilly ]

Environmental Impact Research Paper

All organisms must find balance with their environment.  For humans, this balance has been a struggle as the needs of an exponentially growing population has continuously expanded our consumption of land, plant life, and clean water.  Questions have arisen as to whether we will be able to meet our future needs, given the current state of our environment and its future projections.

Your task is to choose one current environmental concern and discuss how humans can find an equitable balance with the natural world surrounding this issue.  You will need to analyze at least three reputable sources.  Through your paper, you will need to address the following three bullet points below as well and cite your sources to support your points.

·         Explain the issues or limits that humans are experiencing regarding your environmental topic.  What is preventing us from finding a balance with nature regarding this point?

·         Discuss what is currently being done both in the United States and around the world to address your topic.  Are there any laws or other protections/regulations that have been enacted and enforced?

·         What is the future outlook for this issue?  What do you feel will be the best course of action in the future?  Are there new proposed approaches to dealing with this problem that may be more effective then what is currently being done?


Your research paper needs to be 1 ½ pages minimum typed with 12 point font following MLA format for references. In addition, you must include a works cited page.



Your works cited page and a detailed outline is due to Mrs. Kirchner on Friday, November 14.  Please print or email your outline and works cited page.


Your final paper is due on Friday, November 21.  You must email it to both Mrs. Kirchner and Dr. Rohrbaugh.