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Environmental Issues & Globalization

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Steven Sankel

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of Environmental Issues & Globalization

Shenzhen, China Detroit, Michigan Foxconn factories did not monitor and control air emissions - as of 2008 Foxconn factories did not recycle or dispose of hazardous waste as required by law - As of 2008 Foxconn did not properly store or handle hazardous chemicals. These chemicals were released into the atmosphere & local water supply. Ultimately consumed by citizens. Foxconn stated that citizens nearby these factories had a "phenomenal rise in cancer," but denied any accusations that they were the cause. Foxconn was accused and caught of having secret pipes pumping untreated water directly into natural waterways. Who in here has a smartphone?


Who has an iPhone? Who in here needs their iPhone?
Why? In 2007 - 1.4 Million iPhones

In 2012 - 72.3 Million iPhones Can we agree that these smartphones are one of the key ingredients in the world becoming "smaller" and more globalized? Coming from Shenzhen China Where your iPhone comes from: And the effects it has on the local environment Amazon, Brazil Globalization and communication have a direct effect on the quantity of these devices.

The quantity of these devices have a direct effect on our environment here on Earth. 43.2% of China's State-Monitored rivers are classified as unsuitable for human contact.

Each Year 750,000 chinese citizens die from air pollution alone.

By the year 2030, China's Carbon Dioxide emissions could equal the entire worlds CO2 production today. This will directly impact global warming as well as the entire planet. Air Quality Today - Perspective
Shenzhen: Current 141 Albany: Current 26
High 184 High 56 Deforestation The removal and/or
clearing of trees from
a foretasted area Things we
may want to
keep Cattle Ranching - The use of land for raising livestock
- Started in the 1960s
-As the price of beef increases, the production of cattle does as well Logging - The cutting & on-site processing of trees that moved onto
a truck & transferred elsewhere
-Cleared for agriculture and/or the export for coal SoyBean -Used to feed cattle
-Other uses include an ingredient in food & oils Global Warming Biodiversity Indigenous People Effects What can we do about it? Awareness Auto industry effect on the environment Detroit, Michigan is home to the "Detroit Three" Ford,GM, and Chrysler The "Detroit Three" are the largest automakers in the United States and Canada. They are the second largest in the world behind Honda and Toyota. The "Detroit Three" are not know for their fuel efficiency. There is a direct correlation between their inefficiency and increasing air pollution. Again, Toyota and Honda exceed the "Detroit Three" in both fuel efficiency and reduced toxic emissions. In addition, Toyota and Honda surpass the Detroit three in in both vehicle affordability and fuel economy. However, the main problem is that although car companies are making huge strides in lowering emissions, we are just delaying the inevitable. Until we figure out a way to become independent of our oil and natural gas consumption, we continue to contribute to the ever increasing problem of global warming. Electric cars are the solution right? This video says otherwise. The scientific community has increasingly warned of more rapid deterioration of not only our environment, but erratic weather patterns including droughts, floods, hurricanes, etc without immediate and significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Soybeans Logging
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