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Why is pollution a problem in Mexico City?

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2016-09-14 16:49:56

Overpopulation, irresponsible consumer habits and geography

create a "perfect storm" in Mexico City that allows air pollution

to be the problem it is there.

The city sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. Smog from

manufacturing and chemical plants as well as vehicle exhaust fumes

get trapped by the surrounding mountains due to lack of any

powerful-enough winds. This makes up the layer of gloom that sits

over the valley due to a "cook-pot effect".

This smog can cause burning in the eyes and throat of visitors

not used to it within a few days, especially in those with

sensitivities to pollutants.


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