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I need to develop an essay on environmental problems and solutions. Where do I begin?


1. Looking at environmental problems can be overwhelming; it's such a vast subject. If I were given the assignment to write an essay on the subject, I'd begin by familiarizing myself with the issues.

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When you understand some of the basics, you can begin to narrow the focus of your essay. Ask yourself these questions:

1. What are the six most significant environmental problems? Consider:
- global warming/climate change
- pollution
- deforestation
- water scarcity
- loss of biodiversity
- soil erosion and degradation
(considerations from http://inhabitat.com/top-6-environmental-issues-for-earth-day-and-what-you-can-do-to-solve-them/

2. What are some of the factors that contribute to these serious environmental issues?

3. What can we do to put an end to these earth-threatening environmental issues?

Once you answer these questions, you can begin to plot your essay. Keep in mind that essays should consist of five sections:

- Introduction
- 3 Body Paragraphs
- Conclusion
see: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/five_par.htm

It's not a good idea to cover every environmental problem in one essay, so consider briefly mentioning them all in the opening paragraph and writing your piece on only one. In your conclusion, state each environmental problem once more, but keep a narrow focus on the issue you've chosen to explore.

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