Social and environmental issues resulting from inequalities: case study of mexico city

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Social and environmental issues resulting from inequalities
Social issues
Housing, air/water quality, distribution of wealth within a country,
umemployment, political freedom, gender equality
Environmental issues
Pollution and from incorrect disposal of waste
Conservation of vulnerable sites
Erosion of green space
Unsanitary living conditions
Mexico city- issues resulting from inequalities
Sheer size of the city- population of 20 million
Heavy reliance on motor vehicles- 3.5 million, 30% are 20 years old
Economic success- concentration of many polluting industries unhindered by
lax anti pollution laws
Location- located on an extinct volcano and is 2240m above sea level. Lower
levels of oxygen in atmosphere led to incomplete combustion of fuel and
intense sunlight turns these noxious gases into higher than normal smog
levels
4 million pollutants produced each year due to internal combustion engines, natural
sources, services and industries the most serious pollutants are ozone and
particulates. These cause eye irritation, respiratory illnesses and lead to
premature deaths. Mexico is a MINT country and is growing in its levels of
development which has increased inequalities and rapid industrialisation. This is
contributing to rising water pollution levels, 3 million have no access to sewage
facilities. Most rubbish goes to landfill.

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