This Nuffield Working with Science unit aimed to help students to recognise examples of pollution in their own neighbourhood and find out its origins. Students learn to appreciate that the problems of preventing pollution are very complex and that important conflicting interests may be involved. Students also find out about the ways in which individual citizens can play a part in reducing pollution.

Guidance for this topic appears in the Tutors’ Handbook.

Section 1: Collection of information about a site
Section 2: How polluted is the water?
Section 3: What caused the pollution of the water?
Section 4: Collating the information about water pollution
Section 5: Some more pollutants of our rivers and streams
Section 6: Collecting information about air pollution
Section 7: How polluted is the air?
Section 8: Does polluted air affect living things other than ourselves?
Section 9: How does air pollution affect local buildings?
Section 10: Other air pollutants
Section 11: Air pollution and the climate
Section 12: How can air and water pollution be reduced?

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