Urban Pollution and Waste Management Essay

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Urban Pollution and Waste Management

Urban pollution and waste management is a major problem in both the first and third worlds. The increases of major air pollutants in the atmosphere are causing damage to our waters and land. The increase of garbage and waste in urban areas, such as cities, are beginning to look like huge landfills, acid rain is causing forests and buildings to deteriorate, and finally ozone, which is caused from primarily transportation, is slowly suffocating the populations it affects. My area of the problem was the acid rain problem and how we are trying to solve it. The first thing I will discuss is major air pollutants. Transport is the major source of air pollution because of its heavy dependence upon
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Data indicates that while cities in industrialized countries have made significant reductions in air pollution in the past few decades, rapidly growing third world cities pose serious threats to the millions of people who live in them. (EPA) The rapid growths of urban areas have outpaced the ability of urban authorities to provide adequate facilities, such as the collection and disposal of household garbage. Some of the problem that are associated with the improper disposal of garbage include; a serious fire hazard, attraction of pests and disease carrying animals, creating health hazards, and local disposal by burning or dumping adds to pollution loads and clogs waterways, so increasing the dangers of flooding. Waste can take on many different forms: solid, liquid, gas, and energy in the form of heat or noise. The disposal of wastes usually falls into three different sources; air, oceans, and rivers. The disposal authorities are usually publicly owned and this common ownership has facilitated unregulated emissions of wastes. The two most commonly used options for waste disposal include landfills and incineration. Disposal for hazardous waste have tightened in developed countries, there has been a movement of both operations themselves to areas where legislation is less stringent or poorly enforced. International trends ultimately lead to the Basal Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, which

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