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Should we care about pollution in other parts of the world? If yes, what can we do to limit it?

Much of the world's electronic waste ends up in Guiyu, China, where old parts are recycled but chemicals like mercury leak into the water. Do you care? If yes, what do you do about it?

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  • Jun 25 2013: Of course we should care about pollution in other parts of the world because we have one atmosphere and winds carry pollutants from their source to other places. For example, Mt. St. Helens blew up May 18, 1980, and a few days later ashes were falling in Chicago. With time the ashes enveloped the globe. Pollution generated in Gary Indiana causes acid rain in New York. Likewise, pollution created in other parts of the world could have deleterious effects here; furthermore, as part of a closed world wide biosphere (think food web) what happens elsewhere has effects here.

    Of course we should be the global leader in reducing air pollution. As an industrial nation with the number 1 economy we produce a disproportionate amount of the world's air pollution. Furthermore, as a global leader among nations we should, well, lead. What incentive do other nations, especially emerging nations, have to use clean, renewable energy if we don't do it either. We then have the legitimate position of admitting our pollution sins of the past while showing that other nations do not need make the same mistakes we made. We can show them how to use clean energy and help them use it, too.

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