Poverty and Pollution Case Study
Cabutao, Sao Paulo, Brazil, was formed in 1948. Now a city of over 100 thousand peo-ple, it is one of the largest banana producers and has the largest industrial production. They have one of the largest petroleum refineries in the country producing oil, plastic, propane and butane gas as well as many others in addition; they have two hydroelectric facilities that once produced high levels of pollutants. The state is the most developed region in the country and accounts for about one-fifth of its population. (2012)
In the 1950’s the industrial revolution began in Cubatao. Many companies were attracted to the area and began building industrial plants. ...view middle of the document...
But in humans, the impact is still lingering, research states that there are excessive rates of cancer in this area, although they have not been officially linked to the pollution. (Milikin)
In the Cubatao example, due the fast paced growth of the industry, the economy was greatly improved, but at a huge cost. Not only in the amount of money that was spent for clean up, but no one can put a dollar amount on the lives that were lost due to leaking gas line explo-sions or those that suffered for years of respiratory illnesses or those that continue to suffer from several different types of ailments. Lessons everyone should understand is that economic progress can happen, but measures to control pollution should come first.
Every business has a responsibility to ensure they are not emitting pollutants into the air, water or ground not matter what country they do business in. Pollution is pollution no matter if you live in New York City, a rural town in Montana or a city or town in a third world county. In some cases a business may think it’s easier, less expensive to do business in a third world country which doesn’t have pollution regulations, or safety regulations; in many cases they can save costs with labor. It comes down to saving money. It does cost money to adhere to pollution control laws. Many companies can take advantage of pollution control incentives that could reduce costs. (Shaw, 278)
There are many nations that are...