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Understanding USA: Environmental

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on USA.

At A Glance


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Americans love their hamburgers -- they eat about three burgers a week on average. Let's find out  the hidden environmental costs of this delicacy.

Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year, but poor people and African-Americans are disproportionately at risk. Let's find out more in this video.


This section explores the environmental aspects in U.S.A.

Pollution levels around the world today seem astronomical, but in New York City, they used to be deadly. Let's find out how did this happen and when did it change.


Aging sewer systems and urban storm runoff are two of the worst sources of water pollution in the United States. Let's find out how Newport residents live with regular beach closings and sewage overflows.

Climate change is leading to increasingly violent storms. Can seawalls hold back floods?

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