Public Health & Cities: Are Cities Detrimental to One’s Health?

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Public Health & Cities: Are Cities Detrimental to One’s Health? Megacities around the world have been expanding exponentially due the attractiveness of their vibrant lifestyles, picturesque skyscrapers, and vast opportunities for business. The life in the city can be attributed with glittering success and abundance of activities and opportunities. By immersing into the hustling environment, people tend to have more stressful and strenuous lifestyle. Many researchers and public health experts are speculating that the busyness and exposure in the city lifestyle can be detrimental to city dwellers’ health. The stressfulness can culminate in diseases, mental disorder, and health problems. Air pollution, long commutes, and people’s mental health will be the focal problems addressed in the assignment. Air pollution has been a pressing concern for many cities since the inception of the Industrial Revolution in both Britain and the United States. Urban air quality worsened as coal and manufacturing factories permeated the countries. Both Britain and the United States tried to create tangible laws to mitigate the air pollution, however the early laws were weak and unsuccessful. To this day, legislators and environmentalists are working tirelessly to implement laws to reduce the world’s carbon footprint. Air pollution is currently one of the biggest environmental problems and it stems in various forms such as smoke from coal factories, cars emitting carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon, and natural causes like volcano eruptions and forest fires. Most of human activities are the main culprit of air pollution. Outdoor air pollution became a major problem with big urban cities. According to the State of the Air 2013 report by American Lung ... ... middle of paper ... ... 3. Neporent, Liz. "Los Angeles Tops ‘Dirty Air’ List for 13th Time in 14 Years." ABC News. 24 Apr. 2013. ABC News Network. 04 Feb. 2014 4. Park, Alice. "Stressed in the City: How Urban Life May Change Your Brain |" Time. Time. 04 Feb. 2014 5. Reaney, Patricia. "Long Commutes May Be Bad for Health: Study." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 08 May 2012. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. 6. Solar, Igor. "Is the Stress of City Living Making Us Mentally Ill? Special." Digital Journal. N.p., 12 Oct. 2012. Web. 04 Feb. 2014. 7. "Understanding the Clean Air Act | Plain English Guide to The Clean Air Act." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. 02 Feb. 2014 8. "30/10 Initiative." Metro Bus. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. 9. "Census Bureau Reports 471,000 Workers Commute into Los Angeles County, Calif., Each Day." United States Census Bureau. N.p., 5 Mar. 2013. Web. 08 Feb. 2014.
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