Chapter 14. Environmental Problems. Globalization and the Environment. Three aspects of globalization that have affected the environment are The permeability of international borders to pollution and environmental problems.
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Largely because of lax enforcement of the 1970 Clean Air Act, 95 million Americans in 224 counties and the District of Columbia breathe air with levels of toxicity that exceed federal health standards.
In mid-1990s, breathing the air in Mexico City was like smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day.
At Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in Onslow County, North Carolina, as many as 1 million people were exposed to water contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) tetrachloroethylene (PCE), from 1957 until 1987.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found levels of PCE in the drinking water system as high as 200 parts per billion, compared with 5 parts per billion, the maximum allowable level.
Shave your 8-minute shower to 5 minutes for a savings of 513 pounds.
Caulk, weatherstrip, and insulate your home. If you rely on natural gas heating, you’ll stop 639 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In the summer, you’ll save 226 pounds from air conditioner use.
Whenever possible, dry your clothes on a line outside or a rack indoors. If you air dry half your loads, you’ll dispense with 723 pounds of CO2.