October 15, 2008

Sao Paulo Pollution

Sao Paulo is the 3rd largest city in the world, with approximately 20 million people, not counting some of the surrounding cities. One of the biggest problems in the city of Sao Paulo is pollution. Because it is an industrial city, there are problems with both air and water pollution.

A new study by the University of Sao Paulo shows that 3500 people die in Sao Paulo per year due to pollution related illnesses like respiratory diseases & heart illness. One of the major contributors to this is that there are now 6,000,000 vehicles in the city, and this is expected to grow to over 7,000,000 in the future. The regulations for vehicle emissions here are less strict than in the US, and the enforcement is virtually non-existent.

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