Pollution and Poverty: The Idea That Poorer Communities Suffered More from Environmental Damage Has Been around for Some Time, but Politicians Have Been Slow to React
Residents of Grangemouth, Scotland, call it "living within the glow". The bright lights scattered along the towers and pipes of a network of refineries and chemical plants, coupled with the flares that emerge from the tops of chimneys, give the surrounding area an eerie glow at night.
Data released by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the Grangemouth complex contained three out of the top ten polluters by volume in Scotland in 2002. The surrounding area, which is marked by multiple types of social deprivation, has seen male life expectancy fall since 1983. At the same time, the region's population has decreased by more than 20 per cent.
During the late 1990s, pressure groups such as Friends of the Earth (FoE) released research that appeared to demonstrate that …
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Publication information: Article title: Pollution and Poverty: The Idea That Poorer Communities Suffered More from Environmental Damage Has Been around for Some Time, but Politicians Have Been Slow to React. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Geographical. Volume: 77. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 2005. Page number: 43+. © 2008 Circle Publishing Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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