Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today’s Video – Dangerous Air

In honor of Earth Day that was commemorated on Tuesday we featured a video showing the actions taken in Costa Rica to protect the environment.

On Wednesday local authorities in the Santiago, Chile imposed a “preventative environmental warning” due to the poor air quality in the capital city.  As a result of this measure, certain cars without catalytic converters were barred from being driven between 7:30 AM and 9:00 PM.  Furthermore, Santiago residents were strongly urged not to engage in strenuous physical activity outdoors and especially at schools.

The following video originally aired on Chile’s TVN and examined the environmental pollution affecting Santiago and other parts of the country.  According to researchers interviewed for the video, Tocopilla in northern Chile is one of the cities with the worst air pollution due to the area’s mining industry and factories powered by fossil fuels.  As a result, 260 of Tocopilla’s 24,800 residents became sick with cancer between 2002 and 2012. Approximately 70% of those affected with cancer would go and die from the disease:

Video Source– YouTube user Gerardo Rojas

Online Sources – Terra Chile; The Latin Americanist

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