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Week 11-2 Environment (2)

Week 11-2 Environment (2) - C International Conflicts China...

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Costs of Pollution A. Human Health Soaring rates of pulmonary diseases such as asthma Respiratory disease is the leading cause of death in rural areas and the third-leading cause in cities Urban air pollution as a 1995 was estimated to cause 178,000 premature deaths a year.
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Costs of Pollution B. Economic Loss The World Bank estimated the environmental degradation cost in 1997 would be about $54 billion annually, close to 8% of GDP.
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Unformatted text preview: C. International Conflicts China is a source of acid rain, which is producing problems for the Korean peninsula and Japan. Arable land is being taken for urban development, and the land available for grain production has been shrinking rapidly. China becomes net importers of food, thus increasing overall pressures on global food stocks....
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