Ethics and Environmental Case Study Essay

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Ethics and Environment Case Study Project

Learning Team C

Lynette Barnhart, Russell Cortez, Eric Hiram, Domoniqué Shaw


March 28, 2011
Howard Schmidt, M.S., M.B.A.

Ethics and Environment Case Study Project

When air pollution is mentioned, many think of the city Los Angeles. However, Beijing China and Mexico City have become well known for air pollution, with Beijing topping the list of worst air quality in the world (Raven, Berg, & Hassenzahl. 2010). At the same time Mexico City is no stranger to air pollution, ranking fourth of major metropolitan areas in the world (Raven,, 2010). Leaders in developing countries have a strong desire to become more industrialized in order to compete with
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Air purifiers and filers would improve the quality of air in the homes of many people, but they may not be affordable to some. On days the air quality is at a high rate of risk, the emergency room is filled with more patients. The comparison of living in these effected cities is of a person living with a smoker; second hand smoke isn’t any healthier than it is for the smoker himself, so an at-home air purifier would not completely solve the problem. Another option would be to move outward from the downtown city areas, but often families find it too expensive to move their home or have a long commute to work or school. Scientific Perspectives Scientists play a major role in environmental issues, especially air pollution. If not for their efforts, the public would not understand why the pollution exists, the severity of their cities’ air quality, or the effects of poor air quality. Topping their lists are carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, lead, particulates, and sulfur dioxide. Beijing and Mexico City, along with most developed areas, keeps an Air Pollution Index (API), or measure the levels of these six major pollutants on a regular basis. The Weather Almanac (n.d.) states, “The best-known index of air pollution is the pollutant standard index (PSI). The PSI has five health-related categories: good (0–50); moderate (50–100); unhealthy (100–200); very unhealthy (200–300)

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