I am writing this paper on the hazards of Urbanization and the sequence of environmental destruction that follow. Home to four of the ten fastest-growing counties in the nation– Atlanta, Georgia has directly contributed to major environmental impacts that need to be addressed in order to preserve the quality of life of its inhabitants. The largest metropolitan area in the southeast, Atlanta has the fastest growth rate of any city within the southeast with a population of 4.1 million people. These people though needed are more of the problem rather than the solution. They provide cause for constant urban expansion, resources and capita. They also directly influence air pollution, water quality and the consumption of green-space, and thus I find myself asking if the reward is worth all of the risks it comes with? Atlanta’s metropolitan region has more than 16,000 miles of road, the second highest of any metropolitan area within the nation. Despite this abundance of travel space, Atlanta has the fourth highest congestion of traffic within the nation. This as you can see has become quiet the environmental problem due to the quality of air that has been both produced and contaminated due to the subsequent increase in smog, and thus causing concern for the quality of human health. The center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study during 1994 on this issue, and found that after ozone alerts those emitted to hospitals within the Atlanta region had a 37 percent increase in admissions for respiratory failure, it’s scary to think about how long ago this was and where we are now only to realize that nothing has changed at all.
Air quality however isn’t the only thing that has given cause for my concern, the quality of water and quantity has caused me to open my mouth in absolute shock. Statewide, 67 percent of monitored water does not meet consumption standards, primarily due to pollution associated with non-satisfactory development practices and urban...
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