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Causes and consequences of Land, air and noise pollution in Cairo.

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Causes and consequences of Land, air and noise pollution in Cairo Air pollution The air pollution in Cairo is a serious problem. The amount of air pollution is approximately 10 to 100 times greater than what is considered to be a safe limit. Cairo is amongst the leading air polluting cities in the world including Mexico, Tokyo and Delhi. The quality of the air in downtown Cairo is very poor and most of the air pollution is caused by particular hydrocarbons and lead, which are often emitted by cars, as there are over 1 million cars on the streets of Cairo emitting harmful substances. There are several other factors and pollutants in the air as well. Things like nitrous and sulphur oxides as well as carbon monoxide all make a deadly combination. ...read more.

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Assuming that everyone will receive treatment for their diseases the total cost will be 5 billion Egyptian pounds. Land pollution There are many different types of land pollution that occur in Cairo. The common ones include, fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and sewage treatments. Improper collection inappropriate disposal of rubbish has also led to sever land pollution in some areas. Increasing urban development leads to deterioration of rubbish collection. In urban areas around 40% -70% of the waste is collected. Hospitals deposit around 209 tonnes of waste every day. 20% of this is hazardous. Annually 50,000 tonnes of hazardous waste is deposited annually in Cairo. Another problem is that a lot of the rubbish is just deposited in deserts due to lack of proper rubbish facilities, and in the case of hospitals a lot of the rubbish that is collected is not really sorted. ...read more.

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One of these is the noise from mosques. There are 365 mosques in Cairo, and within a 2km radius one can count 40 loudspeakers. Upon prayer time different mosques at different times pronounce their prayers and so quite a large noise is made. Many resident have complained due to the noise. Another form of noise pollution is the constant traffic of cars and honking of horns loudly in residential areas, which has also been a nuisance for many residents. Finally since Cairo is quite a popular destination for tourists and due to it's central location in the Middle East lots of airplanes come and go from Cairo and the noise of planes is quite loud. The main consequences of noise pollution can be uncomfortable living standards, as you always have to put up with loud noise. Possibly in an extremely noisy area you could partially deaf in the ear leading to problems in life. ...read more.

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