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Unformatted text preview: Cynthia Garcha English 101C Chapter Twelve Outline Pages 367-77 I. Consequences: Economic costs, health costs, and exposure to natural disasters A. Economic Costs 1. The annual direct losses due to desertification ($42 billion) and the annual losses due to water and air pollution ($54 billion). The combination of the latter two items alone costs China the equivalent of 14% of its gross domestic product each year. B. Health Costs 1. Average blood lead levels in Chinese city-dwellers are nearly double the levels considered elsewhere in the world to be dangerously high and to put at risk the mental development of children. 2. Smoking deaths amount to about 730, 000 per year and are rising, because China is the world's largest consumer and producer of tobacco. C. Exposure to Natural disasters 1. Dust storms, landslides, droughts, and floods-are closely related to human environmental impacts and have become more frequent as those impacts have increased....
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