HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

You should use a word processor for your written responses. Remember to write your
name, student number, date and TA’s name. Refrain from exceeding page limits.
Use APA style for reference citations (APA citation guide:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/). Only reliable websites belonging to
governmental organizations (e.g. US EPA, Environment Canada, WHO) and peer-reviewed
journal articles are acceptable sources. No random websites, newspapers, or magazines will be
accepted. Remember to reference citations within the text as well.
PLAGIARISM IS A SERIOUS ACADEMIC OFFENCE AND WILL BE DEALT WITH
ACCORDINGLY. Check U of T website to see rules:
http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize
Total Marks: 38 (Please see marking rubric for more detailed breakdown)

The assignment should be no longer than two pages (single spaced) in its entirety. Answers should be
clear, succinct and to the point. There is no need to write in essay form – point-form is encouraged;
however, please use complete sentences. NOTE: if the TAs cannot understand what you write, then
they cannot effectively assess your work – ie. If you need help with ENGLISH WRITING, seek
support!
1) In China, motor vehicle use will probably increase substantially over the next several decades. This is a
result of China’s rising global economic power, which has already had an enormous environmental effect.

a) Research the impact of fossil fuel emissions from motor vehicles on human health in China. Discuss
your findings of China’s fossil fuel emissions from motor vehicles on at least TWO different human health
impacts. Explain your answer in maximum half of a page. Provide at least ONE reference. (10 points)
b) Based on 300 million motor vehicles, the Chinese would have to dispose of, or recycle, several hundred
million tires per year. Evaluate human health impacts of discarded tires. Include minimum THREE
different impacts. Explain your answer in maximum half of a page. Provide at least ONE reference;
maximum 5 references. (14 points)

2) Globally, at least 260 rivers flow through two or more countries. Likewise, neither lake basins nor
groundwater aquifers recognize national boundaries. Three-fifths of the world’s population lives in the
watersheds of international freshwater systems. No global doctrine governs the allocation and use of these
international water bodies. Find a total of THREE examples of inter-national and intra-national water
conflicts. Summarize and explain your findings (ie. background of conflict, context, resolution if
applicable, implications to human health). Explain your answer in less than one page. Provide at least
TWO references; maximum 5 references. (14 points)
*TA by family name: Brian Pentz (Ablorh-Kwok); Ghazal Fazli(Ladhani-Sharma); Jessie
Furze (Shi-Zhou)

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