Environmental Pollution

GEOG 128 (Online): Environmental Pollution

California State University, Fresno

Fall 2018 Class Project

The Project Title is due between 8:00 AM on Monday, September 24 and 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. The Research Day Report is due between 8:00 AM on Monday, October 22 and 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. The Final Paper is due between 8:00 AM on Thursday, November 29 and 5:00 PM on Friday, November 30, 2018. All submissions must be done in a single attempt.

September 17, 2018

Allocation of Points

Deliverables Due date Points

Project Title (P1) 9/24/2018 10

Research Day Report (P2) 10/22/2018 10

Final Paper (P3) 11/29/2018 50

Total 70

Project description

This is an individual project requiring you to work independently. Your task is to come up with an environmental pollution issue and pose a research question or two to address the problem. Local environmental topics such as drought, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, and water quality problems would be preferred. The problem must follow one of the pollution sources that you will have studied throughout the semester and analyze the basic science behind it, understand human-environmental interaction, and come up with sound strategy to mitigate the issue. The project title needs to be approved by your professor in advance. Your assignment will include researching the issue via scholarly publications, reports, government documents, and perhaps interviews with experts in the field and analyze the problem and present your findings with viable solutions and recommendations. The whole purpose of this exercise is to stimulate your critical thinking beyond classroom and engage you in a lively debate of environmental issue. This will also help you to broaden your research skills. The project will have three items to grade. Project title and research day report will each carry 10 points and the final paper will worth 50 points. Note that the final paper must be between 1800-2000 words long! For the successful completion of this course you are required to accomplish the task. The deliverables that are due at different times of the semester, including one-in-one sit-down with students who need help in the final manuscript, will provide feedback to the students and ensure adherence of iterative practice required in the writing assignments.


You cannot simply report for a work that has been already done by you or others. Your job is to pick up an issue, understand it, and add more to it with some concrete recommendations. The kind of recommendations you will make will provide your professor information about your ability to enhance existing knowledge in a topic and build more to it. Writing and formatting guidelines for the paper are provided in the final paper section below. In order to pass this course successfully, it is important that you complete the assignment.


Project Title: In order to provide an opportunity to have a well-defined topic for your manuscript, you must come up with a title of your research paper by September 24, 2018. When you submit a successful title to your professor, you will earn up to 10 points in the project. Your title page document should have the title of your project along with your name and class section.

Research Day Activity: You will spend a part of your time during the Research Week of October 15, 2018 searching for scholarly sources for your class project in the Henry Madden Library. Upon compilation of five scholarly sources following Harvard Referencing style, you will submit your references presented alphabetically by the last name of the authors to your professor by October 22, 2018. Your research day report should contain the project title, your name, class section, and five scholarly references presented alphabetically in Harvard Referencing style. This assignment will carry 10 points in your project.

Final Paper: The project report in the form of manuscript with 1800-2000 words in length will be due on November 29, 2018. Your word count should range between 1800-2000 words. The paper will follow the same format as with any standard scientific work with cover page containing your project title, your name, class section, date, and instructor information at the center of the page and word counts at the bottom center of the cover page. This should be followed by abstract and table of contents. Page numbers for front matters (cover page, abstract, and table of contents) should be in Roman numerals beginning with letter i on the cover page, but not displayed and ending with letters iii for table of contents. The main body of the manuscript should contain introduction, objectives, methods, discussion of results, and conclusions and recommendations in this order plus references. The page number for main body should be in Arabic numerals beginning with number 1 at the bottom center.

Your abstract consisting of background, objectives, methods, key results, and conclusions should be a good paragraph with 10% in length of your manuscript. A minimum of five scholarly references presented in Harvard Referencing style is required for this paper. Read the syllabus carefully for copyright and plagiarism rules of the University and do not entirely rely on web sources.

Your final paper must be typed using MS Word with double spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, 1” margin, and justified document.

I will not accept any hand-written component of this assignment. Make sure to submit your document by the due dates identified above and no late submission will be allowed. The final paper will worth 50 points.

Harvard Referencing Style


Impact of Fossil Fuel on our Environment

Yalid Evan

GEOG 128 (17): Environmental Pollution

September 25, 2018


Barreto, R. (2018). Fossil fuels, alternative energy and economic growth. Economic Modelling, 75, pp.196-220.

Lafforgue, G., Magné, B. and Moreaux, M. (2008). Energy substitutions, climate change and carbon sinks. Ecological Economics, 67(4), pp.589-597.

Lewis, A. (2018). The changing face of urban air pollution. Science, 359(6377), pp.744-745.

McNerney, G. and Cheek, M. (2012). Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels. New York: Amacom.

Sinding-Larsen, R. (n.d.). Non-renewable resource issues [electronic resource]: geoscientific and societal challenges. Springer.


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