Essay on Environmental Issues Of The United Soviet Union

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To talk about Ust-Kamenogorsk we have to understand where this city is located. Ust-Kamenogorsk is a small city of Kazakhstan which used to be part of the former Soviet Union. Kazakhstan faces several important environmental issues. As the site of the former Soviet Union’s nuclear testing programs, areas of the nation have been exposed to a high levels of nuclear radiation, and there is a significant radioactive pollution. The nation also has thirty uranium mines, which adds to the problem of uncontrolled release of radioactivity. Kazakhstan also has sought international support to convince China to stop testing atomic bombs near its territory, because of the dangerous fallout.
Air pollution in Kazakhstan is a significant environmental problem. Acid rain damages the environment within the country and also affects neighboring countries. In 1992 Kazakhstan had the world’s 14th highest level of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. Pollution from industrial and agricultural sources has also damage the nation’s water supply. Mismanagement of irrigation projects has caused the level of the Aral Sea to drop by 13 meters, decreasing the size by 50%. The change in size has made changes in the climate in the area and revealed three millions hectares of land that are now subject to erosion. Pollution of the Caspian Sea is also a problem. Kazakhstan wildlife is in danger of extinction due to the overall level of pollution. According to current estimates some areas of the nation will…

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