Chile - Environment





Chile Environment 1346
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The principal responsibility for environmental matters is vested in the environmental programs department in the Ministry of Health and in the National Planning Office, as well as in the ecological advisory office in the Ministry of National Welfare and the department of the environment in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chile's main environmental problems are deforestation and the resulting soil erosion, and the pollution of its air, water, and land. Air pollution from industry and transportation and water pollution are especially acute in urban centers, where the population has doubled in the last 30 years. In 1996, Chile's industrial carbon dioxide emissions totaled 48.7 million metric tons. Untreated sewage poses the major threat to the nation's water quality. As of 2001, Chile had 928 cu km of renewable water resources. While 99% of its urban dwellers have pure drinking water, only 58% of its rural dwellers have the same access.

Endangered species in Chile include the South Andean huemul, tundra peregrine falcon, puna rhea, Chilean woodstar, ruddy-headed goose, and green sea turtle. As of the 2001, 16 species of mammals in a total of 91 were considered endangered. Of 296 breeding bird species, 18 were threatened with extinction. Also threatened were four types of freshwater fish and 268 plant species.

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amber shank
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Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:10 am
Endangered species in Chile include the South Andean huemul, tundra peregrine falcon, puna rhea, Chilean woodstar, ruddy-headed goose, and green sea turtle. As of the 2001, 16 species of mammals in a total of 91 were considered endangered. Of 296 breeding bird species, 18 were threatened with extinction. Also threatened were four types of freshwater fish and 268 plant species.
Shabalaba Ding Dong
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Sep 11, 2009 @ 8:08 am
We are doing a project on Chile Environmental issues. Which environmental issue is most important/harmful? Please respond quickly!!!
Yvone
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Jan 9, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
Pollution. I think you will need to do that first. Stop the pollution so the poor people will be able to breathe! Please!
Brooklyn
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Jan 10, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
What is Chile doing to make their country less poluted?

How is the goverment? Does Chile like the goverment or dislike it?

Is there good education in Chile? If yes, explain it.
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May 5, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
Chile has lots of programs for environmental issues.. but I would like to say they are not enough. conama.cl Is the organization which worried about the programs, but there's still a problem why chilean people still have pollution in Temuco and Santiago.
GOverment needs to create more programs for people who can not avoid to use wood for heating..
Schools need to create consciousness about this big issues..
This is not just money problems as many of you can think..its a problem of how you manage the resources you have...
Bethany
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Jun 12, 2012 @ 5:05 am
This article is very interesting. I believe that the environmental problems in chile needs to stop! It cannot be so horrible forever! So this article really tells u about it and how chile needs to change!
Brian Eckert
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Oct 4, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
Good topic i am going to use some of your info for my world geography project.
Bobby
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Apr 18, 2013 @ 5:17 pm
I agree it is interesting, perfect for my report. There is many ways we can make a change, stop using cars, recycle more, and stop burning crops (there is more but I`m too lazy to say them).
Kristin Kaiser
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Oct 17, 2014 @ 9:09 am
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