Chile: Key Environmental Issues

Submitted by The Catt-Trax2 Team on Mon, 2007/01/08 - 3:09pm.
Report prepared by Ricardo de la Garza Garcia and Jessica Banning, students in BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Widespread deforestation, mining and air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions are the main environmental issues in Chile. In 1993, an environmental legislation was passed to control emissions, and since then has been regularly updated although companies do not always follow it.

Santiago is ranked as one of the world's most polluted cities. The major causes of air pollution are a growing economy, rapid urban expansion, and an increasing rate of automobile use. Efforts being made to control these issues include converting diesel buses to compressed natural gas, converting gasoline driven taxis to natural gas, and introducing hybrid busses that running on diesel-electric fuel.

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