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New York is not exempt from environmental problems


New Yorkit is the most famous city in the world, a large cultural and multi-ethnic center. In 1995 the New York population reached a density of 16.3 million and currently its annual growth rate is + 0.3%.New Yorkit's not just roses and flowers, there is no shortageenvironmental problemsand social: with the very high prices of housing, estimates report a number of homeless people that goes beyond 90,000. TONew Yorkthat ofwasteit's another big oneenvironmental problem: 23,600 tons ofwasteper day.

THEenvironmental problemsrelated to the production of waste are also due to the difficult geographical conformation of the city, so the city had to question itswaste disposal. At first New Yorkit had 8 incinerators and 11 landfills. Today most of thewastethey are directed to a few huge landfills, among these we point out the Fresh Kills Landfill massif - in the photo above -, an expanse of 1,214 hectares of waste located on Staten Island.

To limit theenvironmental problems of New Yorkis active citizenship.New Yorkhas an effective complaints system where citizens themselves report and propose remedies toenvironmental issuesof the city. The reports are collected 24 hours a day. From the official portal of the Department for Conservationenvironmentalof New York (Department of Environmental Conservation. www.dec.ny.gov), we read that a large number of reports arrive precisely because of thewaste problemand the homeless who burn waste. The portal speaks ofenvironmental problemsin New York State related to accidental spills of oil or other toxic chemicals. It reads verbatim (translation follows):

Accidental releases of petroleum, toxic chemicals, gases, and other hazardous materials occur frequently throughout New York State. Relatively small releases have the potential to endanger public health and contaminate groundwater, surface water, and soils.”

Accidental spills of oil, toxic chemicals, gases and other hazardous materials frequently occur in several locations in New York State. There are relatively few circumstances in which these leaks could endanger public health or contaminate groundwater, surface water or soil.

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