Essay on Geography: Air Pollution and Pearl River Delta

Submitted By BriannaJade99
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Introduction:
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most air polluted cities, and in turn the residence and mining/manufacturing companies are the ones to blame. Supplying Hong Kong with the fresh air that it needs is becoming increasingly difficult due to effects of manufacturing and energy. If a long term appropriate solution is not found within the next five to ten years Hong Kong’s current air pollution problem with reach catastrophic levels and will be harmful for the residence. This will be achieved through analysing the key causes and effects of this problem, and recommending appropriate action in the near future.

WHAT AND WHERE IS THE ISSUE? Air pollution occurs when the air contains gases, dust, fumes or odour in harmful amounts. That is, amounts which could be harmful to the health or comfort of humans and animals or which could cause damage to plants and materials.The substances that cause air pollution are called pollutants. Pollutants that are pumped into our atmosphere and directly pollute the air are called primary pollutants. Primary pollutant examples include carbon monoxide from car exhausts and sulphur dioxide from the combustion of coal.Further pollution can arise if primary pollutants in the atmosphere undergo chemical reactions. The resulting compounds are called secondary pollutants. Photochemical smog is an example of this. (http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/air/aq4kids/pollution.asp)Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the people’s republic of china. It is situated on China’s south coast and is enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and south china sea.The population of Hong Kong alone is 7,071,600CAUSESThe population has been attributed to coal-fired power stations and traffic, although a significant contribution comes from the tens of thousands of factories in china’s manufacturing city in the pearl river delta.IMPACTS FELT BY INDERVIDUALS AND THE WIDER COMMUNITYAir pollution in Hong Kong is considered a serious problem. Viability is less than 8…