Essay APA Format

Your argumentative essay will be on an environmental topic from the list of options below. Consider your audience for this paper to be your peers. The essay should be between 3 ½ and 4 pages (850 to 1,000 words) in length, not including the cover page, abstract, or reference page. In this paper, you will be demonstrating your ability to synthesize information from different into a coherent argument that is properly documented. Your paper should be double spaced in Times New Roman 12 point font and must include:

An introduction, a minimum of 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion
a clearly articulated thesis that states the claim, position, or stance that your essay will prove in the introduction to your paper
4 cited sources, at least 2 of these sources should come from the MDC databases
At least 4 quotes from your sources
Topic sentences that focus the discussion in the body paragraphs
Examples, details, and explanations, and other researched evidence in the body paragraphs that clearly support the claim of your thesis
Counterarguments and refutations that show you understand the complexity of your argument and can accurately acknowledge the views of the opposition and refute them
Clear connections between ideas from paragraph to paragraph and within paragraphs (coherence)
Proper APA style format in the cover page, in the abstract, in the in-text citations, and in the Reference page (see the template and instructional video for creating the APA format)
Reference page listing a minimum of four sources
Standard usage, grammar, and mechanics

Important Information

You will submit your final draft through the Turn-it-in drop box designated for this purpose in the course. Please be aware, that although Turn-it-in does allow for similarities for quotations of up to 24%, any similarity above 24% is considered too high for an original paper and will be flagged as plagiarism.
You can get help with your paper at any of the campus writing centers, and you can also receive online help via SmartThinking, the online tutoring service provided by the College. This service is available by clicking on SmartThinking in the left-hand menu bar of the course under Tools & Resources.

Choose ONE of the following topics for your paper. Each topic provides an article you can read to get started on your research.

Research alternative energy sources; then make an argument for the three most desirable ones to introduce in South Florida. Here is a link with a list of renewable energy resources to get you started: https://www.renewableresourcescoalition.org/alternative-energy-sources/.
Research the status of sea-level rise in South Florida today and the ways in which it is being addressed through State processes. Make an argument that the solutions today are or are not sufficient. Here is a link to a web page that will help you get started with your research: https://sealevelrise.org/states/florida/.
Research the effects of the environment on human health. Does the health of the environment affect the health of the human beings within it? Make an argument that supports your answer. Start your research by reading this article: https://orionmagazine.org/article/beyond-the-patient/.
Should access to drinking water be privatized? Start your thinking about this topic by watching this short video: https://storyofstuff.org/movies/the-story-of-water/.
Where does recycled plastic end up? What solutions to “plastic pollution” are most feasible? Start your thinking on this topic by watching the videos on this page: https://www.storyofplastic.org/watch.
How is biodiversity important to a thriving planet? What are the dangers of the high rate of species extinction that the planet is facing? What are the proposed solutions to this problem and how effective will they be? Start your research by reading this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/05/06/one-million-species-face-extinction-un-panel-says-humans-will-suffer-result/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.98fc33bfad58.
Are electric vehicles better for the environment? Start your research by reading this article from Forbesmagazine:https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/05/20/are-electric-vehicles-really-better-for-the-environment/#5609f23876d2.
What are the effects of consumerism on the environment? What must be done to address the problem? Start your research by reading this article from Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160224132923.htm.
The government makes the claim that using public transportation has positive effects on the environment (See: https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/environmental-programs/transit-environmental-sustainability/transit-role); however, in South Florida, efforts to develop more efficient public transportation has been less than successful. Research the reasons for the failure of public transportation in South Florida. 
What are the environmental effects of our agricultural practices? What are some solutions to these problems? Start your research by looking at this web page from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota: http://www.environmentreports.com/how-does-agriculture-change/#section2 and this article about the threat to food resources: https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/climate-change-threatens-the-worlds-food-supply-united-nations-warns/ar-AAFwd8r.
Overpopulation is among the top environmental problems facing the world today. What is the connection between educating women, supporting family planning, and reducing the risks of overpopulation? Should educating women be a priority on the world stage? Start your research by reading this editorial: https://www.wired.com/story/to-stop-climate-change-educate-girls-and-give-them-birth-control/.
What are the effects of urban sprawl on the environment? Should the government institute strong regulations to curb urban sprawl? Start your research by reading the information here: http://www.everythingconnects.org/urban-sprawl.html.
What are the environmental effects of deforestation? What should be done to solve the problem of deforestation? Start your research by reading this article from National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation/.
How does our overreliance on fossil fuels damage the environment? What are the advantages of ending our reliance on fossil fuels? Make a capitalist argument against the fossil fuel industry. Start by reading the following opinion article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/16/capitalism-climate-change-risks-profits-china.
Despite the disasters at the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants, some still make the argument that nuclear power is a more feasible alternative to fossil fuels than other alternative energies. Make an argument for or against the feasibility of nuclear power. Here are the arguments made by the World Nuclear Association: http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/current-and-future-generation/the-nuclear-debate.aspx.

Here are some general websites that might provide some useful data for your research: