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Complexities of environmental regulations

Before suggesting public policies and/or laws for environmental concerns in your local area, you research another country that has had environmental problems, too, to see if you can learn anything from its problems and implemented solutions.

-Decide and name which country which falls under this category.
-Describe some of the environmental problems that country has had.
-Explain at least 2 of the problems.
-Explain at least 2 of the causes.
-Describe some scientific evidence validating the problem.
-Describe some of the public policies and/or laws that country has imposed to increase sustainability and become better stewards:
-Describe what policies and/or laws they have implemented to reduce the destruction of their ecosystem(s) by humans.
-Have there been any problems implementing these policies and/or laws?
-If so, describe them.
-If not, why do you think they have not had problems implementing them?
-Are there any other policies or laws you would suggest that this country implement to counteract its environmental problems?
-Why do you think those policies or laws would help?

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This exercise is designed to help you understand the complexity of environmental regulations. Simply passing a law is not enough to protect the environment. It must be appropriate to the circumstances, and be enforceable as well.

A country that has vast environmental problems at this time is China. You may want to pick a country with less dramatic environmental issues. China is very large with a variety of issues that vary in different locations. But for an example let's look at China.

China's rapid growth in urban population has resulted in dramatic increases in air pollution. Coal is used as a primary source of power production, which powers cities and industry. Car ownership leads to even more urban pollution. China's air quality is now considered the worst in the world and kills 656,000 people annually (Platt, 2007). Another issue is water pollution, especially in North China. Half the country's people have unsafe water (Economist, 2004) and cancer rates have spiked among rural farmers (Watts, 2010).

The Chinese government has made only feeble attempts to deal with the problems in the past. China is eager to grow economicially, and there is a trade-off ...

Solution Summary

Description of environmental laws in another country is given in the solution.