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Environmental Concerns

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  • 1. Latin America’s Environmental Concerns Unit 7 Notes
  • 2. Air Pollution in Mexico City
    • nearly 20 million people live here
    • second most populated city in the world--Tokyo is first
    • city’s population & location contribute to its bad air pollution problem
    • considered to be the most polluted city in the world
  • 3. Air Pollution Over Mexico City
  • 4. Air Pollution Over Mexico City
  • 5. Causes of Air Pollution
    • huge population = lots of cars
    • high elevation--less oxygen so fuels don’t fully burn
      • --higher level of gases that harm eyes, lungs, & the heart
    • Sierra Madre mountains surround city & trap in polluted air
  • 6. Surrounded by Mountains…
  • 7. Solutions
    • To reduce air pollution, the city promotes public transportation (buses, subway).
    • The city is also testing buses that run on cleaner burning fuels.
    • new restrictions on car use
    • workshops to teach people about the environment
  • 8. Amazon Rainforest
    • largest rainforest in the world
    • most of the rainforest is in Brazil
    • experiences a hot, humid, & rainy tropical climate
    • home to a huge variety of plants, trees, insects, birds, & animals
    • produces 1/3 of the earth’s oxygen
  • 9. Amazon Rainforest
  • 10. Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest
    • In the 1950s, the Brazilian government began building a major highway system.
      • opened rainforest to loggers
    • Brazil’s population has increased--parts of rainforest are being cut down to create farms
  • 11. Before…
  • 12. After…
  • 13. Results of Deforestation…
    • Plants & animals are losing their homes; many are endangered, and some are becoming extinct.
    • Loss of trees increases carbon dioxide, a gas that contributes to global warming.
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  • 17. Solutions…
    • The government is working to fix the deforestation problem by passing laws on cutting down too many trees.
    • What else can be done?
  • 18. Oil-Related Pollution in Venezuela
    • One of the world’s leading producers of oil
      • has been producing oil for about 100 years
    • Oil production has boosted economy
      • Main source of income for many people
    • Oil production results in toxic wastes, air pollution, & oil spills
  • 19. Problems…
    • Venezuela’s coast has become polluted with oil.
      • oil spills have damaged the environment
      • hurts the ability of fishermen to earn a living
  • 20. Result of Drilling for Oil…
  • 21. Problems…
    • Venezuela leads South America in the production of carbon dioxide, which is a by-product of burning fossil fuels like natural gas & oil.
      • can cause breathing problems for children & elderly
      • contributes to global warming
  • 22. Problems…
    • Oil businesses have damaged Lake Maracaibo (largest lake in South America).
    • Large amounts of oil have been removed from the area so the land is changing.
      • eastern shore of the lake is dropping about three inches a year
      • government is having to take precautions to keep water from flooding into nearby towns
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  • 24. Problems…
    • Money from selling oil is the country’s main source of income.
    • Venezuelans are motivated to keep producing, selling, and burning oil--and polluting.
  • 25. Solutions…
    • People are becoming aware that the cost in the long term may be too great.
    • Groups are calling for renewable energy sources and the clean-up and prevention of pollution.

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