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Is urban sprawl the root of environmental problems?

Your comments to the editor of your favorite magazine intrigued her enough to call you and request that you write an editorial, for which, you note with a little surprise, you will be well-paid. She provides you with two topics which she feels would be of great interest to readers. Select one of the following issues and write an article explaining your position and rationale in a convincing style.

It has been argued that many environmental laws and regulations are too costly and can not be justified by their benefits. Do you agree or disagree? Explain using specific examples where possible.

It has been argued that urban sprawl is the root of many environmental problems. Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

Remember that this is another professional piece which will be open to public view, and which could result in more writing opportunities for you if done well.

Is it possible to have effective environmental laws?

What are some examples of environmental laws and policies around the world?

Here comes economics again, how does the cost-benefit ratio play into environmental laws?

Is there a benefit to reducing pollution based upon current laws?

What lifestyle changes could you, your family, your area of the world make to create a more sustainable life and support environmental laws and polices?

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You will need to choose one of these two topics. I will provide you with some ideas, and then you should pick the one that you feel the most strongly about. Remember to take a clear position, but it can be either one. For example, you could argue that urban sprawl isn't the most pressing problem we face. Perhaps urban areas can include wildlife sanctuaries to make them less of an issue, and we should worry about global warming instead.

Here is a sample outline that you could use if you select the topic "urban sprawl is the root of environmental problems":

1. Introduction eg "With the world's population continuing to increase exponentially, the issue of housing becomes critical. People want space to claim as their own, but with so many of us, what will be left as wilderness areas?" Then mention your other examples in the ...

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This solution provides assistance with an editorial on urban sprawl or environmental regulations. 529 words with references.