Objective: The student will investigate air pollution and changes in the physical environment.
1. Make as complete a list as you can of the factors that would affect daily or seasonal air pollution patterns in your community. Be sure to consider how human activity patterns change.
2. Study climatic information for your community. Predict which months and/or days of the year the worst air pollution conditions might occur in your community. Describe the weather conditions during these periods.
3. Prepare a more complete report describing the debate among scientists on whether or not air pollution is causing the earth to warm up or cool down. Tell what information they use to support their hypothesis.
a. Find articles and reports discussing how air pollution could affect daily, seasonal, or regional weather patterns. Report what you find to the class.
b. Read articles how carbon dioxide or particulates could affect global weather and climate. Report to the class.
Source: Young, Donald B.,
Air Pollution, Foundational Approaches in Science
Teaching Curriculum Research and Development Group, 1986, p. 87.