Humanities: Environmental Problems

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  • Created on: 02-05-11 20:07

Urbanisation - more people moving to big cities and towns
Industrialisation - the move between man-made to machinery
Smog - a thick and heavy mix between smoke and fog, caused by pollution
LEDC - Less Economically Developed Country, e.g. Ethiopia
MEDC - More Economically Developed Country, e.g. Britain
Biodiversity - a variety of species found in a particular area, e.g. the rainforest
Honey pot - somewhere of intense beauty and a busy spot for tourism

How do urbanisation and industrialisation increase pollution?

  • Countries developing, people need more energy
  • More factories built, which produce more pollution
  • Urbanisation = more houses built, destroying wildlife
  • As people move to cities, can't do environmentally friendly things
  • Recycling & not using cars is harder
  • Growing your own food is harder

How do the air, water and land become polluted?

  • Land polluted by radioactive waste
  • Drigg, Cumbria - £75m in compensation for radioactive waste storage
  • Could damage health of local residents
  • Land fills produce methane, which pollutes the air.
  • Rubbish & sewage tipped into water, can pollute and make harmful
  • 4bil. tonnes of factory waste poured into Yellow River, China, every year, making Shandong "cancer capital of the world" from pollution
  • Main cause of air pollution is fossil fuel burning
  • In Mexico City, Mexico, smog can cause pollution
  • Harmful gases destroy Ozone layer, letting in UV rays

How does pollution affect human life?

  • In China, 750,000


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