Air pollution in an arid environment

the effects of copper smelting on the US-Mexico border region

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Abstract

Community activists and some observers have alleged that sulfur dioxide and other emissions may damage crops and natural vegetation, harm wildlife, upset limnological balance and reduce visibility. But these assertions should not obscure the fact that smelter emission is not merely an environmental issue. Since the late 1970s the topic has generated controversial debates in several arenas. First, control of smelter emissions must be seen as an economic problem facing a major industry. Above all else, control is expensive, and may not be cost effective. Second, human health may be adversely affected by smelter smoke. Finally, smelting occurs on both sides of the US-Mexico border, and the gases respect no boundaries. As a result, all of the above concerns have converged in what has become a delicate binational diplomatic issue. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArid lands. Proc. conference, Tucson, 1985
EditorsE.E. Whitehead
PublisherBelhaven Press (Pinter
Pages1277-1286
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1988

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border region
arid environment
smelting
atmospheric pollution
copper
crop damage
sulfur dioxide
environmental issue
smoke
visibility
vegetation
industry
economics
gas
cost
effect

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Varady, R. G. (1988). Air pollution in an arid environment: the effects of copper smelting on the US-Mexico border region. In E. E. Whitehead (Ed.), Arid lands. Proc. conference, Tucson, 1985 (pp. 1277-1286). Belhaven Press (Pinter.

Air pollution in an arid environment : the effects of copper smelting on the US-Mexico border region. / Varady, Robert G.

Arid lands. Proc. conference, Tucson, 1985. ed. / E.E. Whitehead. Belhaven Press (Pinter, 1988. p. 1277-1286.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Varady, RG 1988, Air pollution in an arid environment: the effects of copper smelting on the US-Mexico border region. in EE Whitehead (ed.), Arid lands. Proc. conference, Tucson, 1985. Belhaven Press (Pinter, pp. 1277-1286.
Varady RG. Air pollution in an arid environment: the effects of copper smelting on the US-Mexico border region. In Whitehead EE, editor, Arid lands. Proc. conference, Tucson, 1985. Belhaven Press (Pinter. 1988. p. 1277-1286
Varady, Robert G. / Air pollution in an arid environment : the effects of copper smelting on the US-Mexico border region. Arid lands. Proc. conference, Tucson, 1985. editor / E.E. Whitehead. Belhaven Press (Pinter, 1988. pp. 1277-1286
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