Pollution Contamination and Waste Issues

1. In module 4 we learned about the U.S. EPA’s Superfund program that monitors and regulates sites with contaminated soil and groundwater systems. Visit the following EPA Superfund link to find out more about a Superfund site near you(Links to an external site.)(where you currently live or where you grew up).  (Links to an external site.)If you live outside the U.S. look up information about a source of soil or water contamination near you OR pick a state of interest to you on the EPA website.  Describe the following about the site you picked (9 points total, as described below):location of the site (2 points)specific pollutant(s) present (2 points)source or explain how the pollution got there (2 points)what is being done to clean up the site/water source (3 points)Note, some sites do not have complete descriptions, so make sure you pick a site for which you can include all of the information requested above.Much of the pollution on Earth is connected to consumerism and single-use plastic items. Watch CaptaiCharles Moore’s TED Talk, where he describes the effect of on the oceans: blob:https://embed.ted.com/717fa330-dc7d-4120-a97c-7b7ed7a58f7aHere’s another video which covers the production of plastics, the benefits and consequences of using plastics, and its effects on human health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS7IzU2VJIQ&feature=youtu.beIn the TED Talk byCharles Moore, what are two ways plastics directly affect marine organisms? (3 points)How are most microplastics formed in the ocean?(3 points)How do microplastics specifically affect marine organisms (note, different from question above)? (2points)What percentage of infants and adults have phthalates in their bodies? What percentage have bpa in their urine? (4 points)Describe 3 things YOU can do (or already do) to reduce the amount of waste and/or pollution that you create. (3 points per action described, 9 points total)V

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