Pollution from the controlled fires that burn across Brazil’s São Paulo state during the sugarcane-harvesting season has a negative impact on infant health nearby.
Over the past 50 years, the productivity and biodiversity of this once teeming bay has plummeted due to pollution. The populations of Quintero, Ventanas, and Puchuncaví, located in the province of Valparaiso, are the most severely affected.
Some 92% of the population live in places where air pollution exceeds WHO limits, which can contribute to lung cancer, heart disease, and strokes.
Recently residents who helped block the spill’s advance say they saw oil several kilometers down the ravine below the point where the Northern Peruvian Pipeline broke. They say rain washed some of the oil out of the ravine and into a palm swamp.
Members of the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) as well as Mexico’s Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) pushed for Mexico to update its heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards for the first time in more than two decades.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scrambling to undo the environmental damage caused by their unwitting release of three million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River, which contaminated over 100 river miles with pollution that extended from Colorado to New Mexico, and has now even reached Utah.
Rebel forces and criminal gangs in Colombia are cutting down rainforests and polluting rivers with toxic chemicals used to extract gold in illegal but lucrative mining operations, police authorities say.
Silver Mines in Bolivia Were Ground Zero for Pre Industrial-Era Pollution. The earliest evidence of large scale human-produced air pollution found in South America.
Population growth and the expansion of unregulated mining activity have increasingly contaminated the 8,300-square-kilometer (3,200-square-mile) lake. But as the population around the lake has expanded over the last 30 years, so has the amount of human and industrial waste – and there are growing calls for the tide of pollution to be stemmed.
Antarctica is one of the most pristine environments on Earth, but it’s wrestling with a pollution problem. And the very people who are working hardest to protect the continent are responsible.
New federal research confirms that Alberta’s oilsands are polluting ground water and seeping into the Athabasca River, the industry has maintained that toxic chemicals are contained safely in tailing ponds.
The Venezuelan mangroves span over 2,200 square miles, ranking as one of the largest mangrove ecoregions in South America, but that number is shrinking steadily.
As expected, 80% these deaths are directly linked to the toxic fumes of public transportation, said Carlos Orihuela from the Consortium for Economic and Social Research (CIES-spanish).
Human activity has taken a serious toll on oceans over the last century. Nutrient runoff and pollution from sources on land have created oxygen-starved dead zones that are inhospitable to most forms of marine life. Climate change is driving up ocean temperatures and leading to ocean acidification.
The famous water reservoir has lots of algae, which makes the lake can be enabled for sports, as local authorities say far from for recreational use.